Sunday, August 23, 2009

Record hot spots all in NSW

Ellie Harvey and Peter Hawkins

Sydney Morning Herald, August 24, 2009

IT SEEMS NSW and Queensland will not let the other get the better of them in anything, even if it is breaking records for extremely hot winter weather.

Mungindi, a NSW town on the Queensland border, broke the NSW August maximum yesterday at 36 degrees, going down as the state's hottest August day on record. Bourke, Moree, Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Armidale, and Inverell also recorded their hottest temperatures to date.

The NSW August record was previously 35 degrees in Collarenebri and Brewarrina in 1945 and 1946 respectively.

The record-breaking hot weather is expected to continue tomorrow in the state's north.

Lismore, for example, is expecting a maximum of 34 degrees, a little over their high of 32.7 degrees in 1995, and well above the August average of about 21 degrees.

Sydney is expecting a warm winter day at 25 degrees. The highest on record is 31 degrees, but the August average sits at 17.8 degrees. Only four days this month have fallen below this.

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