From John Ray's shorter notes
January 20, 2019
"Heatwaves" in Australia
The Warmists at BoM are typical Leftists -- inveterate cherry-pickers. You will see below that they have searched for and reported all the places in Australia that have been unusually hot lately, mostly places that are ALWAYS very hot. You would never guess from their reporting that some places are COOLER than usual. I know that there are because I live in one -- a major State capital that is curiously unmentioned below. Typical mid-afternoon temperatures in Brisbane are 34C but yesterday (Friday) was 31C and today (Sat) it is 32.25C.
They are doing their best to transform a normal hot summer into something unusual (guess why?) but with selective reporting like theirs you would be foolish to believe it
Their latest wrinkle is to mention bitumen roads melting. But I remember sitting on the verandah of our family home in Cairns 60 years ago and watching the heated air rise like worms off the bitumen road outside. The bitumen was soft then too. You wouldn't want to walk on it. I went close to have a look. And that was long before global warming was thought of
Temperature records have already been broken but the worst of the heatwave sweeping across parts of Australia is yet to come.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned Friday will mark the peak of the week-long heatwave — currently in its fifth day — for some of NSW’s most heavily populated areas. Temperatures in western Sydney are expected to slide well into the 40s, while the CBD is likely to have its fifth consecutive day above 30C for the first time in eight years.
On Thursday, a total of 27 places across NSW and the ACT baked in record maximum temperatures, with one town in the northwest of NSW sweltering in oppressive, all-time high heat for two straight days.
The freakish temperatures have turned forecast maps a worrying black and purple in areas where the mercury is set to spike.
Whitecliff, a tiny outback town with a population of just under 150 people, broke its record on Wednesday with a temperature of 48.2C, dropping only marginally on Thursday with a high of 47C just after 3pm. The extreme heatwave emptied the streets, turning it into a scorching ghost town.
Elsewhere in the far northwest, Tibooburra Airport recorded the top temperature in the state on Thursday with 48.2C just before 4.30pm.
In Sydney’s west, Penrith, Richmond, Campbelltown and Camden all reached 35C by 1pm.
Conditions are so extreme that the bitumen on the Oxley Highway near Wauchope, just west of Port Macquarie, began melting about midday.
Motorists were warned of the deteriorating surface as social media photos show the tar beginning to melt. Picture: Facebook
Looking ahead, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned of more sweltering weather on the way for much of the state.
In a statement, BOM spokeswoman Anita Pyne said the west of NSW would likely see temperatures in the mid to high 40s, including areas around the Ivanhoe and Menindie areas forecast to hit up to 48C.
Meanwhile, the NSW Rural Fire Service is battling more than 60 fires across the state, and 13 fire bans are in place across much of central NSW, stretching from the Victorian border up to Queensland.
Temperatures in Sydney’s west are expected to climb as high as 45C on Friday, ahead of a long-awaited cool change on Saturday.
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