Record Heat In Three Australian Capitals

On January 10, 1939 – Melbourne was 113 degrees, nine degrees warmer than this month’s hottest temperature.

11 Jan 1939 – HOTTEST DAY ON RECORD IN THREE CAPITALS Seven Deaths: Many People Collapse – Trove

Melbourne, Australia Weather Calendar | Weather Underground

This map shows all of the GHCN temperatures recorded in Australia on January 10, 1939.

It looks to me like January 10, 1939 was likely hotter in Australia than December 17, 2019.

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18 Responses to Record Heat In Three Australian Capitals

  1. Peter Blackmore says:

    Can I send you info from The Australian as pdf’s of relevant stuff?

  2. G W Smith says:

    In weather reporting as in politics it’s not content that matters most, but packaging.

  3. MrGrimnasty says:

    It’s a new day and the new ‘record’ is now 41.9C.

    You have to laugh. I am not aware of any claim of ‘hottest ever’ in the media where they previously calculated the average max. for the whole country. Regardless, it is not the usual way they declare these things.

    If you ask me they’ve just been creative and found a new climate bingo angle, and the fact it’s a ‘record’ is just symptomatic of a very short dataset.

    Certainly they have only been using ‘spiky’ 1 second electronic readings in reduced size Stevenson Screens for a very short time – so nothing before that is comparable anyway.

    • Aussie says:

      Agree that the new measure they have suddenly introduced is just another example of the BOM desperate to ignore all science and provide fodder to their CO2 based climate change mates.

      Its also in line with their “homogenisation” theme where they come up with secret methods to (mis)represent temperatures to tell the alarmist story.

      I have been chasing up Sussan Leys office and, unsurprisingly, they are reluctant to engage… What a massive waste of public money…

      • MrGrimnasty says:

        The UK Met Office have been using pretty opaque averaging methods to declare our last few summers hottest/ joint hottest etc. , even though the more scientifically rigorous Central England Temperature series still shows 1976 and 1826 way out in front – they don’t mention that.

        Summer 1976 is 0.5C clear of 2018 and 2019 ‘hottest ever’ (based on a dodgy record in Cambridge which beat a dodgy record in Kent) is only just in the top 50 of 361 years.

    • Gator says:

      It’s worse than you think.

      Hager writes:
      Differing daily measured values from the old and new sensors for temperature measurement spurred the author [Hager] to conduct a comparison spanning from January 1, 1999 to July 31, 2006 at Fliegerhorst Lechfeld (WMO 10856) 8-1/2 years long, daily without interruption, among other comparison tests of mercury maximum glass thermometers in a Stevenson screen and a Pt 100 resistance thermometer inside an aluminum enclosure, both unventilated. The 3144 days yielded a mean difference of +0.93°C; the Pt 100 was higher than the mercury thermometer. The maximum daily difference even reached 6.4°C!
      You can see the maximum difference in Figure 1, occurring in early 2006.

      Hager also writes that the difference was between 0 – 1°C on 41% of the days, 1 – 3°C on 26% of the days, and over 2°C on 15% of the days [Here we assume that Hager made a typographical error and meant “1 – 2°C”]. Only on 15% of the days did mercury thermometers show higher mean temperatures.

      Just like UHI, this is incorporated into their data, and used to make “hottest ever” claims.

      • Mark Luhman says:

        I long suspected that, of course they will ignore his study. Good science would have require running all places with the new sensors and the old mercury thermometer for a number of years to establish a base line of the differences. Of course that was not done and now were have educated idiots making claims they know nothing about, since they did not do the original work to know if their claims hold water. Yet based on their junk science I suppose to bow down and change my life style because if we don’t the world is going to burn up. Such stupidity is madding.

  4. Squidly says:

    Yeah, I noticed how extremely hot it was during the President’s Cup in Melbourne last week when I saw everyone wearing down coats and vests. Tiger looked like he was burning up on fire with his long thermal golf pants and down vest. Must be why he kept blowing into his hands, you know, to cool them down.

  5. Simon Hodges says:

    It seems to me that the techniques of climategate have just become a normalized response or feature of the media landscape.

    In the absence of extreme heat in Australia we find them searching for new ways to declare records broken. This from the BBC yesterday.

    “The nation endured its hottest-ever day on Tuesday, but that record was smashed again on Wednesday – which saw an average maximum of 41.9C (107.4F). Tuesday’s 40.9C had eclipsed the previous record of 40.3C, set in 2013.”

    One would imagine that such record breaking heat would be accompanied by record breaking maximum temperatures. Reading further we find the claim that:

    “The Bureau of Meteorology (Bom) said individual December temperature records had been broken in a number of places – with temperatures in the southern city of Adelaide hitting 45.3C.”

    Unfortuately almost 1 year ago the Guardian was reporting that temperatures in Adelaide had reached 46.6C in January: a full 1.3C higher than the implied record reported yesterday.

    “Adelaide breaks its all-time heat record, hitting 46.6C, in extreme Australia heatwave”

    The peak temps just don’t surpass those of last year and are hence useless in selling the climate change narrative so they switch to an average temperature which given Australia’s actual distribution of its population density makes no sense in terms of what kind of heat the vast majority of its citizens are actually experiencing.

    • Mark Luhman says:

      46.6 C sound like a hot day in Arizona, in a normal year we will see this at least three or four times, when we get above 48 C in late June and July and early August we are in record setting temps. Last year was suppose to be so warm we on hit above 46 a few time and never got a 47 C reading. June was lovely 40 during the day and it would cool down below 26 C at night, in the twelve years I live here that never happen the normal low for the night in June around 32 C. Today the high was only 21.6 C, Please send some of you heat here! Oh by the way were I grew up and left in 2007 the normal high for today would be around -17 C something this old arthritic body does not take well.

    • Chris says:

      Ahem, one is the December record and the other is the all time record.

  6. MattofNJ says:

    How does it profit weather-people to report record highs when that is not the case historically as shown by Tony in the US and now in Australia? Why? It makes no sense to be wrong, and then let the whole world know about it!

  7. paul courtney says:

    Simon Hodges: It’s the new normal, alright. As I understand it, back in the hot thirties alot of cool places weren’t measured, so let’s show the thirties as cooler; now, alot of cool measurements need to be “unmeasured” to show the spike of CO2. I don’t know if the climategate emails mentioned the new climate science technique of “unmeasuring”, but they sure apply it.

  8. Gator says:

    “We’ve never before had snow on this scale,” exclaimed Valgeir Þorvaldsson, director of the Icelandic Emigration Center in Hofsós, North Iceland [as reported by icelandmonitor].

    Located in a two-story house, the Emigration Center practically disappeared under a monster dumping of snow delivered by last week’s record-breaking storm.

    “When building these houses, it never occurred to us we’d have to shovel [snow] off these roofs. There are, I believe, 9 meters (30 ft) up to the gable of the biggest house, and the roofs are very steep, too,” continued Þorvaldsson.

    “Maybe this is why people emigrated to America,” he jokingly pondered.

  9. Robertv says:

    What’s Up With This Weather Stuff? ?
    Mark Dice

  10. rah says:

    Not exactly OT but too great not to post. I found this over at

  11. JCalvertN(UK) says:

    I happened to be in Melbourne one January in the early 1980s (I’m pretty sure it was 1982). One day the temperature rose 43 Celsius. It was quite an ordeal. As the day progressed, columns of smoke began to appear beyond the outskirts of the metropolitan area. I went to a bay-side beach to cool off in the water. But even this proved to be something of an ordeal. A 50 mph wind turned the hot air into a hair-dryer. It whipped the sand off the beach and sand-blasted one’s skin. The water, by contrast was absolutely freezing. And the sky was black from the smoke of a fire on the other side of the bay (near Geelong).
    A couple of years later, that area of Australia was subjected to “Ash Wednesday” when the temperatures rose even higher (45 Celsius)
    So how is 41.9 Celsius “a new record”?

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