The Australian heatwave

January 9th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

news.com.au reports:

Monday remains the hottest day since records began with an average maximum temperature across of 40.33 degrees, beating the previous record of 40.17 degrees set in 1972, the Bureau of Meteorology’s David Jones told AAP.

And in one place:

The hottest place was Oodnadatta in South Australia 48.2 degree but well into the 40s were also recorded in South Australia, Western Australia, NSW and Queensland.

And at Bondi Beach, it was still 35 degrees at midnight, leading many to a midnight swim.

I like temperatures in the high 20s. I find that great. Low 30s can be okay but high 30s and even 40s is just plain nasty unless you are in water!

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28 Responses to “The Australian heatwave”

  1. Manolo (13,323 comments) says:

    The resident pot-smoker is right: AGW must be responsible for this.

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  2. RRM (9,422 comments) says:

    The hottest place was Oodnadatta in South Australia 48.2 degrees

    f. that…

    The resident pot-smoker is right: AGW must be responsible for this.

    Is the opposition of some demon “resident pot-smoker” really necessary for your sense of self-worth and validation? If so, that’s really quite sad…

    And any/all cold snaps disprove AGW, while heatwaves are inadmissable as evidence. That’s how it works.. :-P

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  3. anonymouse (694 comments) says:

    If you needed to fill up at Oodnadatta yesterday you needed to do so before noon. Unleaded petrol was beginning to evaporate in the pumps at 48.2 degrees….. yowsers

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  4. Sonny Blount (1,845 comments) says:

    Must have been global warming in 1972 as well.

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  5. dime (9,363 comments) says:

    i thought our carbon tax fixed high temps?

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  6. Tom Barker (102 comments) says:

    I was intrigued to note that 48% of US Republicans now accept the reality of global warming, while a sturdy 68% of them are believers in demonic possession. Some of them probably think the two phenonoma are the same thing. That’s rightwing fruitcakes for you.

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  7. Rex Widerstrom (5,253 comments) says:

    Perth went through a string of 40+ days over Christmas and New Year but at least that was dry heat. Now it’s 35+ days with about 70% humidity and overcast. Any moment now I expect to spot Frankie Howerd in a toga to walk in.

    Strangely enough, dime, Julia Gillard’s carbon tax hasn’t fixed the problem here, either. Obviously it’s not high enough.

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  8. Sean (299 comments) says:

    We had weeks at a time (several months in fact) of over 40 every day in the UAE, but there is no humidity. It really makes a big difference – here in Singapore, low thirties is more unpleasant than high 40s in Dubai, because of the stickiness.

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  9. Colville (2,058 comments) says:

    I spent 10 days on a yacht 150 miles out from Cairns in the Coral Sea. Early 40′s every day (and 28 to 30 in the water with 300 foot vis) but very low humidity and it was awesome, but 28 C and muggy sucks !

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  10. questlove (242 comments) says:

    Must have been global warming in 1972 as well.

    Wow, what to do when facepalm is not enough?

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  11. greenjacket (415 comments) says:

    Sonny Blunt wrote: “Must have been global warming in 1972 as well.”
    This may help you:
    http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/media_releases/climate/change/20130103.shtml
    On average, Australia is getting hotter.

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  12. macdo (18 comments) says:

    In among new stories of bush fires the effect of the heat is often overlooked. In the Victoria emergency in 2009/10 nearly three times as many died of heat as died in fires.

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  13. Longknives (4,397 comments) says:

    Fuck even this turns into a debate about Global Warming?
    I remember it hit 40 C at the Omakau races a few years ago…I was just a kid but man was that beer tent overflowing!

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  14. Paul Williams (876 comments) says:

    It was not a fun day to be in Sydney yesterday. I ventured out briefly and it was obvious that only tourists weren’t at the pubs, shopping centres and movie theatres.

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  15. pq (728 comments) says:

    greenjacket (114) Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
    Sonny Blunt wrote: “Must have been global warming in 1972 as well.”
    This may help you:
    http://www.bom.gov.au/announcements/media_releases/climate/change/20130103.shtml
    On average, Australia is getting hotter.

    When you go to the site Greenjacket refers you will find in 2012:
    average rainfall 480 mm ;
    temperature 0.11 degree centigrade warmer than average ;
    fifth warmest decade on record;
    sea surface 6th warmest since 1910.
    scary isn’t it not

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  16. wreck1080 (3,723 comments) says:

    The trend is for warming. Surely noone disputes this?

    I think humanity has a big problem ahead — but, a new tax is not the solution.

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  17. Don the Kiwi (1,582 comments) says:

    I lives in Oz through the 80′s, in Wollongong. I did work out in central NSW in Cobar. On one occasion, it got to 48 deg.C. The Aussies are accustomed to extreme temperatures. One year – 1981 I think – I had to drive through bush fires to get to work on the outskirts of Sydney. I had to drive through bush fires to get to Lithgow to work there. The drought was so bad that the wheat farmers had no crops that year – driving out past Orange and towards Nyngan – part of the NSW wheat belt – the wheat plants where shrivelled sticks along the highway.
    The year after we got back to NZ the bush fires swept along the escarpment from Wolloongong to Sydney and destroyed Audley National Park plus 50 miles of escarpment bush. Why did this happen?
    The Greenies got such an influence in the NSW govt. that underbrush burning in the off (non-fire) season was prohibited. Underscub burn-offs had been happening for time immemorial previously, and there had never been such a problem.
    History has repeated itself – as a species(humans) we never learn from our mistakes – the greenies have prevented underbrush burnoffs again, for the past four years. Oh, you beauty – look at those fires burn – all that uncleared fuel – I bet the greenis love it – not.

    But you can’t teach those who will not learn.

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  18. si_rangi (60 comments) says:

    Currently in Harbin where we hit -36 at 9.00 this morning, so I wouldn’t mind a bit of heat over here

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  19. pq (728 comments) says:

    off subject, in an article by the mad Pablo at ‘Kiwipolitico”


    All that changed when I got here. Not only did I begin to read and hear about assaults on red-heads, including a viscous verbal attack on twin 6 year old girls by a car full of thugs, but I began to read mean-spirited ginga jokes at places like Kiwiblog, whose owner seems to think that all jokes about red-heads is harmless good fun.

    Pablo, Paul Buchanan is a mad prenetious left wing idiot

    Then today I saw this: “Ginger Oxygen Thief Receives

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  20. cha (3,779 comments) says:

    and there had never been such a problem.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Thursday_(1851)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(1939)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday_fires

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  21. Rex Widerstrom (5,253 comments) says:

    wreck1080 says:

    humanity has a big problem ahead — but, a new tax is not the solution

    Exactly. If my handing even more of my cash to Julia to waste on boosting her credentials at the next climate conference resulted in even a marginal reduction in the oppressive heat, the risk of bushfires, the failure of crops and all the other problems caused by this weather – which is undoubtedly getting progressively worse each year – I’d do so, albeit grudgingly. Mind you, ask me when it’s over 35 and over 70% humidity and I’m likely to hyand you my bank card and PIN number if you say you can fix it.

    But we’re dutifully paying our carbon tax (my latest energy bill contains $13.60 of carbon tax on a $181 charge, not to mention the impost on fuel and thus evey single thing that isn’t produced within walking distance of the shop) and this year is worse than the last.

    Amazing, really. I mean any rational person would have thought that making me pay more for my electricity and my shopping would have done wonders for the planet. /s

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  22. hj (6,336 comments) says:

    John Key jumps in a helicopter to attend the V8 Races.

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  23. Elaycee (4,287 comments) says:

    hj:

    John Key jumps in a helicopter to attend the V8 Races.

    Not sure how this comment is relevant to a post on the Australian heatwave, but I agree that its fantastic that our PM actually wants to attend significant NZ sporting events and that he uses a helicopter to fly straight into the event rather than have his Crown car join the traffic queues and ‘progress’ inch by inch to the venue.

    Thanks for the heads up. :)

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  24. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    but I agree that its fantastic that our PM actually wants to attend significant NZ sporting events and that he uses a helicopter to fly straight into the event rather than have his Crown car join the traffic queues and ‘progress’ inch by inch to the venue.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    It is also better than demanding his driver break the law and speed to the event, then deny any responsibility, and refuse to stand by the driver, like the hideous Helen Clark did.

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  25. Pete George (22,743 comments) says:

    Pictures from The Atlantic Wire on Aussie bushfires: Look How Scary the Australian Wildfires Have Become

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  26. pq (728 comments) says:

    cha (1,849) Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    and there had never been such a problem.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Thursday_(1851)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(1939)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday_fires

    go to

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/01/the_australian_heatwave.html#comment-1075158

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  27. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Thanks Pete. I liked the satellite picture. It showes how small the problem is. It always helps to keep perspective.

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  28. hj (6,336 comments) says:

    Mombiot lays into Abbot in his latest..

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