Heatwave NSW/ACT - Intense Heatwave - Nov 27 to Dec 2

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Steve777

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A few all time November minimum and even all-month minimum records have been not so much broken as utterly smashed. Below are shown the old November record, the old all-month record and the new all-month record for two Sydney sites. There would be others around the State:

Bankstown (52 years): 22.6°, 26.0°, 28.1°
Horsley Park (23 years): 24.6°, 25.3°, 27.4°

Badgerys Creek seems to have done so as well, but you can’t really trust that site at the moment.
 

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The airmass is slightly cooler than yesterday, with 24C @ 850mb now focused over Sydney and north so another 40+ will be a challenge.
Models hinting at the ridge re-building in the bight after around Dec 5-6, which means the ol' maritime dread will return for the coast and could be a while before we get another heat event like this one.
 
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Well I survived a trip to Taronga ZOO with @Ozgirl (a morning special to support wildlife lost/survived during bushfires & beyond). It wasn’t actually that bad - the wind and overcast kept us coolish. Really windy on the way back (ferry). Feels a bit better than yesterday.

And I live by the water but still.. Sydney summers are. not. great.
Crikey. Its two days.
Dont move to any other city in oz then LOL

Back to glorious v soon
 

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Windys ballparking 1600ish
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The low pressure centre in eastern Bass Strait is delaying the S/SE component of the change; as mentioned it's arriving as a SW'ly on the South Coast as a result. More like a winter system. The models swing the wind to the more traditional S/SE'ly later this afternoon. It could actually do it sooner at places like Wollongong and Sydney, further away from the centre of the low.

Unfortunately (and no surprise), there is some fire activity starting to pop up. A bushfire at Northmead and a large grass fire near Lockhart, which is showing on Yarrawonga's radar. Hopefully these get under control soon.
 
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DaveyDavey

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Not as windy at Old Bar near Taree. About 38C. Those wind obs further south are hectic. Hope no serious damage.

OH did actually pass 40 on consecutive days, second time in recorded history since Jan 1960. Didn't think that was possible again. On a personal note these records tend to happen when I am out of town (eg 45.6 in Jan 2013 and 44.2 on new years day in 2006) :oops:
 
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bad conditions on a single day are far more favourable than weeks and weeks of drying

I completely agree. Plus we aren’t tinder dry and there was nothing already burning. But at this moment in time, purely the current atmospheric conditions, it’s close to as bad as it gets and is almost certainly worse than at any point last summer on the coast, where I can’t recall a 40C at Obs Hill OR 100km/h westerlies, let alone both at the same time.

Put it another way, if today and yesterday showed up last January we would have been monumentally fcukt.
 

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Put it another way, if today and yesterday showed up last January we would have been monumentally ****ed.

I have been thinking the same thing all day. Black Saturday or worse I reckon; the mind boggles. Hard to imagine conditions worse than what actually took place, though.

Thankfully those fires that have started look to be under control. I am glued to the RFS Twitter feed on a day like today, particularly with the high grass fire risk around here at the moment.
 

DaveyDavey

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Not as windy at Old Bar near Taree. About 38C. Those wind obs further south are hectic. Hope no serious damage.

OH did actually pass 40 on consecutive days, second time in recorded history since Jan 1960. Didn't think that was possible again. On a personal note these records tend to happen when I am out of town (eg 45.6 in Jan 2013 and 44.2 on new years day in 2006) :oops:

BTW and for completeness, OH recorded 40.4 on 30 Jan and 41.4 on 1 Feb in 1977 (2 days apart).
 
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merely the combination of temp, RH and wind. Worse than at any point last summer IMO, even if not sustained
The "drought factor" is a number used to calculate the Forest Fire Danger Index. Can't remember exact algorithm for it. But is is something that changes over a weeks time scale, reflecting "general dryness". So yeh, weather today certainly would have been pretty problematic if anything had kicked off. I was out in the Illawarra catchment areas yesterday. The bush is certainly starting to dry out and drought factor is on the increase. Last two days would certainly have cooked a lot of areas around here. Will see what summer brings in terms of precipitation eh?
 

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Still still still in the east. Still 37 dgr. People collapsing (I witnessed 2). Work function in an outdoor restaurant unbearable.
 

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Well I survived a trip to Taronga ZOO with @Ozgirl (a morning special to support wildlife lost/survived during bushfires & beyond). It wasn’t actually that bad - the wind and overcast kept us coolish. Really windy on the way back (ferry). Feels a bit better than yesterday.

And I live by the water but still.. Sydney summers are. not. great.
Was a shocker by 12noon. We were dying! I looked terrible and sunburn when I got back in the car. But now I'm okay. (Ie not sunburnt).
 
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The southerly finally arrived here in Newcastle about ten minutes ago, and it’s gusting pretty damn hard. Which is excellent, especially considering the black plastic around all the eaves and parts of my roof is flapping like crazy and making one hell of a racket...
 
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