As Perth bakes in a scorching 40 degrees heatwave, WA Today speaks to Richard Malone, who pours molten gold at The Perth Mint’s popular visitor attraction.
If you are struggling through the Perth heatwave, spare a thought for Richard Malone, who has one of the hottest jobs in Perth – literally.
Mr Malone, a gold pourer at the Perth Mint dons thick Kevlar-coated clothing and handles gold that is heated to 1300 degrees.
He said on an average day, the room where the gold pours takes place would be anywhere between 30 and 40 degrees and that it was even hotter when the weather heated up like the past couple of days.
Mr Malone said he usually did not sweat while doing his job – or at least it felt like he did not.
“You find you don’t sweat because it evaporates straight away,” he said.
On days when the weather reaches 40 degrees – as is forecast for the next few days – he said he tried to do his demonstration slightly faster than usual.
Mr Malone said he drinks about five or six litres of water to deal with the heat.
(Words courtesy of WA Today)