Melbourne’s heat, graphed
As many Australian readers would be aware, it’s been awfully hot in Australia’s southern states these past few days. Following bushfires in Western Australia, the heat moved to South Australia and now Victoria.
Melbourne has been quite hot these past few days, especially last night where the temperature haven’t dropped below 27ºC. No wonder it has been a challenge sleeping! On Tuesday, the temperature peaked at 42.2ºC and Wednesday it peaked at 41.5ºC at 1:30pm with 14% relative humidity. A slightly cool change is now expected.
Here are the past two days’ temperatures, shown graphically:
This certainly isn’t Melbourne’s hottest weather (I remember much worse) but it’s definitely been unpleasant. Thankfully I work in an air-conditioned facility and so have been sheltered from most of the heat.
Update: 16 January 2014
As the heat continues, here’s a chart of the day’s readings to 4pm from the Melbourne Weather Station. The day’s peak temperature was 43.2°C at 3pm this afternoon.
Nevertheless, the Bureau of Meteorology has now issued a severe weather warning for Melbourne:
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Ballarat, Maryborough, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.Bureau of Meteorology, 16 January 2014 at 3:14pm
Unfortunately the storms will not lead to cool weather. The Bureau is forecasting a maximum temperature of 44°C tomorrow.
Update: 17 January 2014
According to The Age, this is the first time Melbourne has had four days in a row above 41°C since records began.
Across the State of Victoria, fires have been burning with one man dying in the Grampians fire. Unfortunately a number of fires look suspicious with Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay claiming that police believe 12 of the 68 fires burning across the state were deliberately lit including suspicious fires in the northern suburb of Epping.
Here’s a graph of temperature measurements from the Melbourne Weather Station since the heatwave started until 5:00pm on 17 January 2014.
A cool change is expected very soon. The temperature has already dropped from a peak of 43.1°C at 4:30pm to 32.1°C in just half an hour.