Heat melts through WA

30 Dec, 2009 04:47 AM

RECORDS have tumbled across Western Australia as a short lived heat wave makes its mark.

On Monday many parts of the southwest sweltered as the mercury soared into the 40s. Yesterday however, the mercury smashed further into the high 40s, destroying some December records.

Overnight, it was an uncomfortable one for many as minimums stubbornly refused to drop anywhere near average. Some places such as Karnet dropped to only 23 degrees, their warmest December night since 1965.

Carnamah barely dropped to 29, 13 above average and their warmest December night since 1940, or the warmest night since 1991.

Through today, the trough responsible for drawing the intense interior heat south moved eastward. The 'cool' change that arrived in Perth in the late morning held the maximum back at a mere 39 degrees.

The main heat was further east, affecting the Great Southern, Central Wheatbelt and South Coastal.

The hot spots were:

  • Morawa - 47 degrees, hottest in December for 12 years.
  • Esperance - 45 degrees, 21 above average, hottest day since at least 1991.
  • Hyden - 46 degrees, 14 above average, hottest in December since 1970.
  • Dalwallinu - 45 degrees, 12 above average, hottest in December since 1957.
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31/12/2009 10:45:12 AM, on Farm Weekly

The weather has been beautiful for the last couple of days. Like nice spring weather. If the author would bother to go back to the 1930s it would show that todays temperatures are not as hot compared to then. The last two days must be much lower than average.
4/01/2010 11:48:53 PM, on Farm Weekly

Hey Len, whilst I dont consider myself an expert on global warming, from several towns throughout Australia, the 1930's were alot cooler than the 70's, 80's, 90's or since 2000. I am taking this data from BOM. I know you must be still bitter becuase your ice cream melted in the 1930s but let it go.


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