It’s getting hot hot hot, and so are your bees! Extreme heat can melt beeswax, kill brood or even the entire colony.
Keep your colonies cool
Site location: ideally your site will provide some shade during the hottest part of the day, but not early morning
Hive: bees require less effort and energy to keep white hives cool than they do for any other colour. For those with only a small number of hives placing foam insulation on top of the lids will help keep them cool
Water: make sure there is water available ideally within 200 meters, preferably before you commence using an apiary, as bees may not switch to another water source once they have found one. Bees can use more than 1L of water a day to keep cool
Inspections: do not open the hive during the hottest part of the day; consider postponing until the weather is cooler
Ventilation: place colonies off the ground, ensure the air vents aren’t blocked