Will we ever see another 50C in Australia?

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  1. Hermon

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    Interesting to see it equal the early-January 1990 heatwave. Worth keeping an eye on Eucla in WA too. 48.0c there so far today. It's all time record is 49.3c on 17th Dec 1912.
     
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    Nullarbor 49.2 at 1.15pm
     
  3. Thunder077

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    Nullarbor now on 49.2C, the 4th hottest December temperature recorded in Australia and the hottest December temperature ever recorded in South Australia...
     
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    Incredible...:emoji_astonished:
     
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    Ceduna 48.8c - not far behind...
     
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    Eucla 49.1 before midday!
     
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    You always have to be careful with those times for those stations near the border of south australia due to the time difference in WA, it's more like 49.1C at 1.30pm in meteorological terms...
     
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    Eucla 49.1C, now the 5th hottest December temperature recorded in Australia?
     
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    Is it possible to access temperature traces from BOM, that is temp vs altitude at say 8.00am? Then we can calculate the volume of air to be heated and have a better shot at working out the maximum.

    This was/is the key briefing data at Waikerie during the gliding season but that was generated by the Gliding Club. There was one available from BOM I think from Parafield.
     
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    Wow. So close!!
     
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    That's the all-time December record gone with 49.6C!!
     
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    I might get slaughtered for this... Do electronic thermometers give higher peak readings than old-school mercury thermometers because they're more responsive?
     
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    The hottest air doesn't arrive until around 4pm South Australian time so we should have another 45-60min of potential rises in temperature as well...
     
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    Oh come on! Just another 0.2c, surely it will get there!!?
     
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    Maybe not. Temp has dropped to 47 at both Eucla and Nullabor.
     
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    Humidity levels in the very low single digits on the Nullabor too. Amazing
     
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    It aint over yet. Nullabor also hit 49.7c 10mins ago, Eucla back up to 49c
     
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    Forrest 49.5C as well
     
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    Nullarbor not to be outdone: 49.8C now too.
     
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    Nullarbor 49.9!
     
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    Now 49.9C!!
     
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    Nullarbor now has the clear 4th highest of temperature In recorded history of Australia with 49.9C
     
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    Yes 50.0
    stoopid WZ fooled me.
     
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    49.8C according to the BOM
     
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    So the maximum is recorded separately from the live data and can occur at any time. Live data is normally uploaded once every 10 min but can be more frequent in significant events, however the maximum is recorded precisely.1

    eg, say it hit 50.0 at 13:34:19 then this would be recorded as the maximum even if it was 49.1 at 13:30:00 and 47.9 at 13:40:00

    WZ gets its temp data from the BoM
     
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    Note that this temperature will need to be confirmed and ratified by the BoM
     
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    that was my first thought but in amongst the 10 min readings is 12:23 49.7. it is the highest in there and one of only two not on a 10 min boundary. i wondered if that meant that it was the highest
     
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    Yeah I saw that but I suspect it is based on 1 min increment obs data and is not the "official" maximum which is stored separtely. There should be no discrepancy as the WZ data source is the BoM and it is automated ... bit odd to see the difference though!
     
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    Fair enough. I see the 50.0 in the screenshot now. I wasn’t aware AWSs did that as usually the max temp has an irregular timestamp
     
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    Ok Andrew Miskelly just contacted me on Twitter-

    it may be an error with the WZ reporting, they may be showing an incorrect number of significant figures ...
     
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    SOmething def odd - Nullarbor on WZ SHowing highest of 49.0 but we know it hit 49.9 ?!

    Ok dont trust WZ ... ignore me 49.8 °C it is, TB is correct!
     
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    And there you go, Andrew has kindly clarified :)
     
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    Dang it! Oh well it wasn't meant to be...
     
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    Damn. I wanted that to be 50C. It’s been 21 years
     
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    Remargen ( A bridge Too Far ) The elusive 50c barrier in Australia. Lets see what the next few days bring further East. the lower the altitude, the better the chances.....
     
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    Roseworthy outside of Adelaide 44C at 9.30am - wowsers
     
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    Wow

    I thought we got slammed here in Perth last week. o_O
     
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    I can't say I'm a fan of this record being broken.
     
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    Yeah, the plains north of Adelaide are sweltering today. Notable again is Parafield. It has records going back to 1939. Prior to this heatwave, its record December temperature was 44.2C. That was broken on Wednesday with a 44.9C. Then yesterday, it got to 46.3C by the afternoon! Today it hit 45.2C at 10:53. To add some perspective, yesterday at the same time it was about 4C lower (albeit the setup today is different and how high temps get will depend on timing of the cool change). Still, remarkable stats considering the long records.
     
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    And a new Parafield record, 46.5C at 11.20am.
     
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    But you'll be in Adelaide when it happens :p
     
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    Good evaporatie cooling going on inside the high vis.
     
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