Badgerys Creek and Campbelltown both reached 40 yesterday. I think they they were Sydney’s first 40s of 2021 and of “Summer” (defined as starting December 1).First 40c of Summer for the Sydney Metro?
39.9c at Penrith was damn close yesterday!
We got to 35 at Bellambi under a strong nor- wester.This morning’s forecast of 37 for OH has probably proved correct, with a sea breeze arriving just after Noon. Elsewhere in Sydney, a number of sites have passed 40°, the hottest being the Airport which reached 41.6° before the sea breeze arrived around 2:00 PM. Cloud is now starting to move in, which might put a cap of further heating.
It is very humid for such high temperatures. OH is now on 35 / 20, Olympic Park 39 / 16.
Trivia: nowhere in NSW outside the Sydney Metro seems to have hit 40° as at 3:00 PM.
Weird stat alert - Richmond hasn’t hit 40C yet this spring/summer. Maximums have been 39.9C in November, 38.2C in December (and an average of a paltry 27.1C) and 39.4C so far in January.
Obs Hill had two days back to back in November
I think that last year’s sunshine stats were suppressed by bushfire smoke on a number of what otherwise would have been sunny days. Even on days when smoke wasn’t at ground level, it was often aloft.…Last year was an "angry summer" but a couple more interesting comparisons - last Jan had almost double the rainfall at OH and average sunshine of 5.4 hours. This Jan the sunshine to date is over 8 hours…
The winds are Southerly on the far South Coast but the change hssn’t reached Montague Island yet, so it's a way off. It’ll probably reach Sydney around Midnight, after which we start a new, wetter cycle.
These are probably the final numbers (maxima) for selected locations for the event:
Maitland : 35, 36, 36, 37, 38
Penrith : 37, 38, 40, 40, 41
Syd OH : 33, 32, 34, 32, 37
Nowra : 37, 32, 39, 34, 37
Canberra : 34, 36, 38, 38, 33
Five consecutive days over 31 is very unusual for OH. I think that Davey is right that this is the longest run of 30+ there since Jan-Feb 2011. Long runs of 30+ might prove more common at the new site.
AWS for the 'rith is at the lakes..no development near by but this is an interesting read and may give you some insights..By contrast, the same site had 11 days over 40C last summer (I can’t easily see Nov 2019, so maybe more) and the average in Dec 2019 was six degrees higher than Dec 2020 at 33.0C.
There was a 46.8C day as well as a 47.4C on the same day Penrith hit 48.9C.
I used to regard these two sites as pretty similar and, if anything, Richmond would be a bit warmer. But the last two summers haven’t shown this. Has the Penrith site has development near it recently or am I misremembering?
Love it!It’s mostly still now, here in Newcastle. Blue-grey clouds scud southeast across a white-gold sunset sky, offering little in the way of promise. The odd breeze puffs its hot breath down across the house, cicadas and other insects express their impatience as the world breathes, sweats and waits. The distant gum trees sway with occasional hope, then resume regal stillness in their guard of honour along the banks of Styx creek.
Magpies and Cockatoos are engaged in treeborne pubtime conversation, each taking bets on when the weather will turn. And it will, no matter what the impatient plover says.
I got up early this morning. The dawn chorus was particularly loud today. Lots of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos seem to have moved into the area in the last couple of weeks. Those plus magpies, kookaburras, lorikeets, miner bitds and God knows what. All of this plus the cicadas in a calm, clear sunrise, at about 22° relatively cool. I live in a street of medium-rise buildings but also lots of trees with parks nearby, so lots of room for birds. We’ve also got bush turkeys who’ve moved into the area in the last few years.…Magpies and Cockatoos are engaged in treeborne pubtime conversation, each taking bets on when the weather will turn. And it will, no matter what the impatient plover says.
Same. Instantly brought back horrible memories. Will wait up to be able to open windows.