The heat is on

Sorry, but this is bollox, although one could forgive the Beeb for getting it wrong.

Australia could experience its hottest day on record next week as a severe heatwave in the country’s west is set to make its way east, forecasters say.

Temperatures are likely to exceed 40C in many areas from Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

The current record of 50.7C was set on 2 January 1960 in the outback town of Oodnadatta in South Australia.

Fire weather warnings have been issued for parts of Western Australia and Queensland.

In Perth, in Western Australia, temperatures are forecast to remain high on the weekend, reaching 40C on Saturday and 41C on Sunday.

Next week, the extreme heat is likely to continue in parts of Western Australia and also affect much of South Australia, where Adelaide should see highs of 40C on Tuesday and Wednesday, 41C on Thursday and 42C on Friday.

Don’t know why the BoM is saying this. I’ve been in Melbourne summers where year after year, heatwave meant 42 to 44 degrees for three or four days [107F to 111F]. In absolute terms, I’ve been in Palm Springs CA in 121F or 49C and in Oz in 1986/7, as I went into the hospital in Exmouth WA, it was showing a tad short of 52C or 125F.

Certainly, that Oodnadatta temp was high, too high to live. In Palm Springs, as mentioned, they had sprinklers along the sidewalks beside shops, from below overhanging roofs. In Melbourne Central once, my shoe melted into the footpath and I had to get inside the foyer of one of the buildings.

In Sicily, it was consistently 42C or 43C daily, it was 40C by 10 a.m.

Contrast that with the coldest I’ve ever been in [apart from in an airliner], which was of course Russia, in the carpark trying to change my sparkplugs for warm ones. Minus 37.5 degrees. That was not warm.

But my two coldest days on earth, in terms of how they felt, were the A68 on Hadrian’s Wall at 6 a.m. and at a Melbourne night AFL match at a place called Waverley Park. We sat in the outer in sleeping bags and still froze. The actual temps were nothing special – maybe minus 6 with the first and maybe plus 2 with the second. Very wet though.

4 comments for “The heat is on

  1. ivan
    December 15, 2019 at 11:39

    Just go to and read some of the posts there to give you an idea of what is going on – cooling the past and heating the present plus the fact many of their weather stations are not up to their basic requirements.

    BOM are following the CAGW croud.

  2. dearieme
    December 15, 2019 at 14:09

    40C would be a pretty bearable summer’s day in Adelaide. Walk, don’t run; specifically walk in the shade. You don’t need a/c but you’d be a mug not to have ceiling fans.

  3. Doonhamer
    December 16, 2019 at 14:18

    A colleague always warned newcomers that Salisbury Plain was the coldest place.
    At just above zero C, with a stiff breeze and the air laden with water vapour and moisture, it sucked the heat out of a body.
    Below zero all the water froze out leaving dry air. Felt warmer.

  4. December 16, 2019 at 16:10

    Yes, all.

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