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Thursday, January 17th 2019 Heatwave Summary

Another day of ridiculous heat has come to a close across large parts of Inland Australia. Today was largely dominated by Northern and North East SA, South West QLD and a huge chunk of Inland NSW. Another 2 locations have tipped the 48ºc mark – both new locations for this heatwave. 14 locations have hit 47ºc today, 24 above 46ºc and 35 above 45ºc. Another new all-time record has been hit as well, bringing that total up to double digits for this event.

 

 

 

 

Top temps:

  • Tibooburra (NSW) 48.2ºc – 0.2ºc shy of the all-time record

  • Noona (NSW) 48.1ºc – Hottest day recorded (short records)

  • Smithville (NSW) 47.8ºc

  • Wilcannia (NSW) 47.8ºc

  • Marree (SA) 47.6ºc

  • Delta (NSW) 47.5ºc

  • Oodnadatta (SA) 47.5ºc

  • Bourke (NSW) 47.4ºc – Hottest day in 5 years

  • Ivanhoe (NSW) 47.4ºc – 0.6ºc shy of the January record

  • Ballera (QLD) 47.3ºc

  • Cobar Airport (NSW) 47.2ºc – New January record / 0.1ºc shy of the all-time record

  • Moomba (SA) 47.1ºc

  • Borrona Downs (NSW) 47.0ºc

  • White Cliffs (NSW) 47.0ºc

  • Roxby Downs (SA) 46.9ºc

  • Cobar (NSW) 46.8ºc

  • Mount Hope (NSW) 46.8ºc

  • Condoblin (NSW) 46.7ºc – New all-time record

  • Fowlers Gap (NSW) 46.6ºc – 0.2ºc shy of the all-time record

  • Birdsville (QLD) 46.4ºc

  • Coober Pedy (SA) 46.4ºc

  • West Wyalong (NSW) 46.3ºc

  • Woomera (SA) 46.3ºc

  • Port Augusta (SA) 46.2ºc

  • Girilambone (NSW) 45.8ºc

  • Mulurulu (NSW) 45.8ºc

  • Leigh Creek (SA) 45.7ºc

  • Kapooka 45.5ºc

  • Brewon (NSW) 45.4ºc

  • Forbes (NSW) 45.4ºc

  • Griffith (NSW) 45.4ºc

  • Narrandera (NSW) 45.4ºc

  • Yulara (NT) 45.4ºc

  • Yanco (NSW) 45.3ºc – 0.3ºc shy of the January record set yesterday

  • Wagga Wagga (NSW) 45.2ºc

     

     

     

     

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Yunder Wækraus

But it’s lovely in Cairns with highs in the 80s and lows in the 70s :-)

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greysrigging

More extremes during the week,

13/1/19 Marble Bar 49.1c ( 120.4f )

14/1/19 Marree       47.0c ( 116.6f )

15/1/19 Tarcoola   49.0c ( 120.2f )

16/1/19 Tarcoola   48.7c ( 119.7f )

17/1/19 Marree      48.0c ( 118.4f )

And not much relief at night either.....

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/australias-highest-minimum-temperature-on-record/529081

Two comparable heatwaves in recorded history were Jan - Feb 2009 and the Jan 1939 event. Jan '39 marginally hotter, but this 2019 event has spanned the Continent. Many inland towns running 5c to 6c above their long term averages and upwards of 30 consecutive days above 40c ( 104c )

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sandgroper

This weekend in Perth is supposed to be a comparatively cool 40c.

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Tyrone

Just got back from a trip to Perth from Albany. On Saturday Perth was a scorching 40C and this morning we headed south to Albany. By 10.45am around North Bannister it was 41C and by the time we got to around West Arthur and then again in Tunney it peaked at a scorching 45C. It sat on 44C for ages. It didn't drop below 40C until we were just north of Mt Barker and by the time I got home it was a humid 32C. So for around 300km it was 40C or above. The hottest I've ever seen it on that journey and I've been doing it for over 20 years.

Much cooler for the rest of the week with possibly up to 80mm of rain forecast from Tuesday to Wednesday and thunderstorms. Bring it on. 

Possibly a cyclone to form off the NW coast too.

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greysrigging

Except for the very rare +40c days, Albany must have the most equable climate in Australia. So far in January 2019 only averaging 22.2c with a top of 25c ( not counting the 20th ) And even in mid winter, some days are above 20c.... Doesn't sound too bad at all. And 35"-40" rain.... sounds like paradise.

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Yunder Wækraus

Still loving the mild weather in our island of balmy summer warmth in a sea of fire :-)

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jan/18/australia-heatwave-sydneys-west-to-hit-45c-after-week-of-extreme-weather

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Tyrone
On 1/20/2019 at 8:12 PM, greysrigging said:

Except for the very rare +40c days, Albany must have the most equable climate in Australia. So far in January 2019 only averaging 22.2c with a top of 25c ( not counting the 20th ) And even in mid winter, some days are above 20c.... Doesn't sound too bad at all. And 35"-40" rain.... sounds like paradise.

Yes it's pretty mild. I'm averaging around 24.5C max for January. If you take mins into account it's averaging just over 19C for Jan. Things are growing. Gingers are flowering. It's a nice time of year down here.

Had the warmest minimum in ages last night. 19.5C and most of the night humidity was 90+%. A cloudy 24.5C day followed.

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Tyrone

Strange weather down here now. A low has started circulating near the SW capes and yesterday it rained all day with a max of 19.9C. Then towards early evening the temp dropped to 19.2C and around 95% RH which is where the humidity had sat all day. Then in the later evening the rain continued and the temp just kept rising until at just before 7am its 21.8C RH 95% and dew point of 21C. This is very unusual for us as mins close to 20C are virtually unheard of here. This week we've had two nights come close although I still have never recorded a min over 19.6C since moving here 5 years ago. The plants and palms are going to love this. Everything is soaked. If the clouds break we may reach a steamy 27C. Bring it on.

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greysrigging

Did you see the forecast for Adelaide on Thursday ? 45c ( 113f ) ! 1c shy of the City all time record set on Black Friday 1939.

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greysrigging

49c recorded today at Red Rocks / Eucla today coastal WA/SA . 49c forecast for Port Augusta tomorrow. Its a 1 in a100 year event this current heatwave.

 

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/victoria-and-sa-brace-for-all-time-temperature-records-as-bom-warns-nowhere-is-going-to-escape-the-heat/529114

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sandgroper

It's very nasty.

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Tyrone
56 minutes ago, greysrigging said:

49c recorded today at Red Rocks / Eucla today coastal WA/SA . 49c forecast for Port Augusta tomorrow. Its a 1 in a100 year event this current heatwave.

 

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/victoria-and-sa-brace-for-all-time-temperature-records-as-bom-warns-nowhere-is-going-to-escape-the-heat/529114

Yuck. Way too hot.

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greysrigging

Almost unbelievable the reported temperatures from South Australia today Port Augusta reached 49.5c ( 121f ! ), an all time high. The official Adelaide site reached 46.6c ( 116f ), also an all time high, and some northern suburbs and on the plains to the north 47c and 48c. Unprecedented temps that have smashed the old Black Friday records of 1939 and the Jan-Feb 2009 records.

The extreme heat is moving east into Victoria and NSW tomorrow, with some outback NSW towns expected to reach into the 49c's as well. Melbourne's forecast is a relatively mild 43c, but inland towns in the north west forecast to reach 47c ( 116.5f ) Victorian all time records are a hard nut to crack, as the extreme heatwaves of 1939 and 2009 were centered over the state whereas the Great 2019 Heatwave is a bit further north than the previous events. Melbourne's record of 46.4c was in Feb 2009 and the small country town of Hopetoun in the Mallee country of Victoria recorded 48.8c ( 120.0f ) on the same day. It is the most southerly 120f ever recorded in Australia ( 35.7*S ).

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sandgroper

I was listening to the radio at work today and they were rattling off the temps in S.A. I was a lot happier to be in Perth! We had a very mild day today, not sure what the max was but it was much cooler than average with some rain, I'll take that any day over 46c.

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cbmnz

The hot air seems set to cross the Tasman  by next week.

You Aussies will laugh, but this is an unpleasant prospect for next week over here - light winds, dewpoints around 20C and sticking around several days.  Most homes don't have aircon, it's only needed 1-2 weeks of the year if at all.

 

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greysrigging
40 minutes ago, cbmnz said:

The hot air seems set to cross the Tasman  by next week.

You Aussies will laugh, but this is an unpleasant prospect for next week over here - light winds, dewpoints around 20C and sticking around several days.  Most homes don't have aircon, it's only needed 1-2 weeks of the year if at all.

 

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I'll bet its hotter in Central Otago and the Marlborough in the South Island... My visit in Dec back in the '70's was 32c-35c every day...

 

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Silas_Sancona

Like the Wildfire events earlier on, been keeping a close eye on the summer's heatwaves down there also.. 

While i can't *say* with 100% confidence such a connection exists, it seems if Australia experiences pronounced abnormal heat, or marine heatwaves, esp.during summer,  the odds are more in favor that the U.S. ( particularly here in the  Desert Southwest, Texas, and California ) will see a similar pattern develop during the following, northern summer..  Bob Henson, a weather personality / blogger from Weather Underground has also been regularly tracking / reporting on the heatwave down there..

Hope everyone, and your gardens are keeping cool..  Can't remember who'ed mentioned it but while we here in the U.S. Desert S.W. can see summer nighttime lows in the upper 80-lower 90s -ish ( 30-34C ) range, i can't imagine  trying to sleep when it only *cools* to 96F!!, Totally insane..  92F at 6:00 AM is uncomfortable enough. 

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cbmnz
22 hours ago, greysrigging said:

I'll bet its hotter in Central Otago and the Marlborough in the South Island... My visit in Dec back in the '70's was 32c-35c every day...

 

Yeah, the South Island gets temps in the 30's more often than the North, due to the higher mountains which can keep the cooling effect of the sea out more effectively, and create foehn effects. But the highest average daily summer maximums are in North as the South has cooler periods throughout the summer also.

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Daryl

The heatwave still continues in some parts of the country and a new record was set last night for the warmest minimum temperature ever in Australia / Southern Hemisphere - 

Borrona Downs (NSW) 36.6ºC – just shy of 98 Fahrenheit for those not metricated...

 

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Hillizard

I promise to (probably) never again complain about summer heatwaves here in California! My sympathies to all the (palm) folks in Australia for what they endured this past month!! 45 °C = 113 °F   :crying:

 

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greysrigging

An unprecedented flood disaster unfolding in Townsville, North Queensland at the moment with rainfall tallies of 1200mm ( 48" ) in the last 6 or 7 days. Yearly average is about 1100mm ( 44" ) A town north of Townsville has recorded 2000mm ( 80" ) in 8 days !

Known colloquially as 'Brownsville' due to its reputation as being one of the driest cities on the Queensland coast. That coastline part of far north Queensland had a record breaking heatwave back in late Nov early Dec with 43c ( 110f ) temps, and now record breaking monsoonal rains.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-04/townsville-flood-police-cling-to-tree-trapped-in-floodwaters/10775478

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cbmnz

We are following the Townsville situation on the NZ weather discussion forum too. Deepest sympathies to everyone directly affected.

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palmad Merc

It was a nice cool change today in Sydney only reaching a maximum of 25.5 degrees Celsius on the coast.:P

Will warm up as the week goes on

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