January Australia's hottest ever month

A surfer drinks a coffee as he sits with his surfboard on the footpath above Manly Beach on another hot Sydney day. REUTERS/David Gray
A surfer drinks a coffee as he sits with his surfboard on the footpath above Manly Beach on another hot Sydney day. REUTERS/David Gray
The eastern states of Australia may have ended January 2013 with wet, cold weather but official figures show it was still Australia's hottest month in recorded history.

The Bureau of Meteorology on Friday said both the nation's average mean temperature of 29.68C and the average mean maximum temperature of 36.92C broke previous records set in January 1932.

The Northern Territory and Queensland sweltered with mean temperatures of 31.93C and 30.75C respectively - the hottest on record for January in both the territory and state.

"The heatwave in the first half of January was exceptional in its extent and duration," the Bureau said in a statement.

"The national average maximum temperature on 7 January was the highest on record."

Residents in Alice Springs spent 17 days in a row over 40C, but locals in the Queensland town of Birdsville suffered the longest, recording 31 consecutive days over 40C.

The highest temperature recorded during the heatwave was at Moomba, in South Australia, where the mercury hit 49.6 degrees on January 12.

 

False readings

The impact of urban expansion in Sydney has meant the temperature gathering weather stations are now surrounded by concrete buildings radiating and holding heat, the main weather station at the university is 9meters from a spralling espanse of ashphalt how much heat does this hold on a warm day and how corrupted is the data? Unfortunatly this same data is being used to produce weather readings being used to portray climate change, these false readings amount to fraud.

The last high reading for Sydney was 1793 when an accurate reading out of the direct rays of the sun and no concrete measured 42deg. What caused this temperature high, so the current highs have all happened before.

So take this and future alarmist regional highs with a grain of salt.

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