Thanks to Ken for this information

In South Australia ( SA ) 19th – 21st up to 40-65 % of the state was in the 97th percentile for heat anomaly

During the same time period the Australian mainland


28thoct 2014 Manilla NSW
‘surly bond ‘ says
“Today’s maximum of 38.1 here (Manilla) is the highest October max this century. It beats the max of 36.9 on 19/10/02 by 1.2 degrees.”


“Check out all the locations from Laurier’s AWN site where records for hottest temps were equalled or broken in the past few days:

It’s worth noting many of these sites also broke their records on other days this month as well, some on consecutive days.

Many other locations in SE QLD broke all time records again yesterday. Just some of these include:

St George – 41.7 (record was 41.2 set in 2002)
Gatton – 41.6 (record was 40.6 set in 1988)
Amberley – 41.3 (record was 41.1… open since 1941)
Oakey – 39.1 (record was 38.3 set in 2002)
Warwick – 38.5 (record was 37.1 set in 2002

Toowoomba – 36.4 (record was 36.2, records go back to 1869)
Stanthorpe – 35.5 (record was 33.4 set in 1988, open since 1873)

Applethorpe – 33.6 (record was 33.0 set in 2002).

Up to 12 deg C anomaly recordedfor both maximum AND minimum



10 comments on “LATE OCTOBER HEAT WAVE 2014 : Australia

  1. Thanks to KEN for this excellent Austrlain web site . Extensive resources available here

    my comment

    Ah Yes.. There are a number of anomalies that breach the anomaly temp KEY in the graphs above . ie: Uni of Gatton a whopping + 14 deg anomaly 2 deg above that scale above.
    BOM need to update that key for accuracy.
    I think the weather news used dark brown/ black for the higher temps now

  2. This is really good news Susan! I was wondering if our recent solar-induced US heat wave was coincidently matched “down under”. That’s what solar flux being over 200 for a week can do!

  3. Interesting BOB. I have never followed that relationship on a short term basis.
    thanks for that observation

    US heat wave . Was that the eastern or western sectors?

    I find it interesting how some global areas are opposites. ie: California drought during a la nina and flooding in Australia ( opposite reaction)

  4. The heat wave was south of the Rossby wave (boundary between cold arctic air and warm tropical air). In this instance the heat wave in the US covered the SW, the South, and the eastern seaboard, all the way into Michigan where I live.

    A quick check, by no means complete, revealed the heat wave also touched SA, the UK, India, Africa – pretty much the whole tropical zone around the world. The heat moved from the tropics northward in the NH and southward in the SH, until it clashed with colder polar air masses, creating “weather” in the convergence zone.

  5. The weather bureau says last month’s sweltering conditions sent records tumbling in many South Australian regions.

    With an average maximum temperature of 34.6 degrees and five days in a row above 40 degrees, it was the hottest October in the outback town of Marree in 73 years. Ceduna broke a 72-year top October temperature.

    All major towns in the Riverland were at least three degrees above the October average, with Renmark averaging 27.8 degrees.

    Mount Gambier was cooler than most of the state but still recorded its hottest October average in 71 years.

    Climatologist Darren Ray said cool ocean temperatures and strong high pressure systems caused the high temperatures.

    “October this year was [the] hottest and driest on record for South Australia so it was a pretty significant month,” he said.

    “Daytime temperatures averaged about 4.1 degrees above average and night-time temperatures about a degree above average.”

    He said the bureau’s seasonal outlook showed the state was heading for a particularly long, hot summer.

    “It’s pretty clear that we’ll being seeing warmer conditions and that does increase the risk of heatwaves occurring and does increase bushfire risks as well,” he said.
    – ABC

    © ABC 2014

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