Longest heatwave ever recorded in Australia
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 January, 2014 - Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Friday, enduring the longest heatwave ever recorded Down Under as well as destructive bushfires.
"2013 was Australia's warmest year since records began in 1910," the bureau said in its annual climate statement. "Mean temperatures across Australia have generally been well above average since September 2012. Long periods of warmer-than-average days have been common, with a distinct lack of cold weather."
The bureau said that Australia's 2012-2013 summer was the warmest on record, and included a prolonged national heatwave which ended on January 19, 2013 - the first day since 31 December, 2012 that it did not reach 45 deg C somewhere in the nation.
New South Wales Towns set heat records
The Bureau of Meteorology says records were broken across northern and central inland regions of the state on Friday. In Walgett, residents sweltered through temperatures not experienced anywhere in the state for more than 70 years.
There the mercury reached a record 49.1 degrees Celsius - the highest temperature posted anywhere in NSW since 1939, when 50C was recorded in Wilcannia.Other NSW records set on Friday include 47.8C in Mungindi and Narrabri and 47.6C in Coonamble.