Australia: Top temperature forecast to reach 46C

Adelaide could break its 75-year-record for its hottest day – […]

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January 16, 2014

Adelaide could break its 75-year-record for its hottest day – a searing 46.1C in January 1939 – after its warmest night in five years.

The mercury only dropped to 29.9C just before 6:30am, with the temperature still above 35C at 2:00am.

Acting regional director at the Bureau of Meteorology, John Nairne, says a new record high for the city is not out of reach.

“The trick with the heatwave is the high minimum we’ve come off overnight,” he said.

“In Adelaide we came off a temp of 30 degrees this morning so we get to the high temps quicker and have to endure them for longer during the day.”

The bureau says a forecast mild change will arrive later than expected, with a fifth day in the 40s likely tomorrow.

Adelaide could be the hottest city on earth today, according to reports, and the temperature has already climbed above 40 degrees Celsius for the fourth day in a row

Hospital admissions rise as people seek relief

The number of people being treated for heat stress has steadily increased this week.

Janice Fletcher from the Australian Medical Association says fatigue and irritability are commonplace, as people struggle for relief.

“People are probably tired and getting sick of it. It depends on if they can get sleep, how they feel when they wake up,” she said.

Rolling blackout warning as grid battles heat stress

Electricity distributors have warned of possible rolling blackouts if the pressure on the electricity grid reaches boiling point.

The Government has confirmed power could be switched off to suburbs to prevent a system meltdown, as air-conditioners kick into overdrive.

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emperature difference from normal as simulated by the GFS model for Wednesday (WeatherBell.com)

Temperature difference from normal as simulated by the GFS model for Wednesday (WeatherBell.com)

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9 Comments

  1. ClimateState January 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply
  2. minteko January 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    One solution, would be to ground all non essential air traffic, by
    permanently making holidays abroad by airliners a thing of the past. As an
    alternative to travel requirements by holiday makers, Thorium reactor
    powered ships could be built to transport people to their destinations.
    Research Thorium reactors. A safer alternative to the Nuclear reactor.

  3. John LightRider January 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Prayers to All those Affected

  4. pcuimac January 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Burn Australia, burn!
    That’s for ignoring global warming and climate change. This is only the
    begining.

  5. illyounotme January 17, 2014 at 3:07 am - Reply

    I have actually heard temps of 54 C that is 129 F. I have been in 120 F
    weather in AZ, and can tell you it is horrible.

    I have been repeatedly mentioning this Australian heat wave to all the
    Climate deniers who are saying the Polar Vortex was proof against Climate
    Change. I have also been mentioning the nontypical heat in Germany for
    winter.

    The Climate Deniers love to ignore the rest of the world and only talk
    about the weather where they are.

  6. OccamsRzzr January 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Hey, but it’s cold here in the USA so according to the deniers climate
    change has stopped. They are calling this Global Cooling. Lol. We are so
    screwed .

  7. Mike Luong January 27, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Australia Heat Wave:

    Australia: Top temperature forecast to reach 46C, Power outages+Heat
    Stress+Wildfires, January 2014

  8. Stan McBeth January 28, 2014 at 6:26 am - Reply

    You’ll can take a very long trip to Fargo, North Dakota, USA for you really
    cool-down to 30’s -vs 48 degree C. think San Diego, CA & Maui, Hawaii would
    be your much better choices.

  9. v1e1r1g1e1 February 1, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Ahh… I get it.

    The last time there was a heat wave as bad as the current one was back in
    1939.

    So…. climate change was being effected by all the industrialised
    countries in the world back then (and there were SO many of them!
    SARCASM!).

    Then… in the 1940s… Europe had some of the coldest winters on record.

    That would be because of the AUSTRALIAN heat wave caused by the Northern
    Hemisphere’s industrialisation…. which made things up there, cold!

    Right.

    Got it.

    Very simple.

    Climate change is a thing that White people cause… and it goes back in
    time from what we’re doing now to affect what happened back then… and
    then it affects wherever the Climate Change person wants it to affect…
    and you can ignore anything that makes Climate Change look like it’s not
    really happening.

    Right.

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