—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees—
“17 August. A sudden drop of 15deg in temperature should be expected to produce a sensation of cold, but quite the contrary is the case, for the sun shines brightly and the air is dry, and so it feels warmer than when it is twice as warm by thermometer.
“Limpeting proceeds apace and again an 800 bag was recorded. It is desperately chilly work getting them, as they are all under water at a depth of a foot or two, and it necessitates keeping an arm in water at a temperature of 28deg for half an hour at a stretch unless the premonitory stage of frost-bite intervenes.
“Ice threatened to come into the bay this evening. An entire absence of penguins is an indication that the menace is a real one.”