Sizzling summer ahead as the mercury soars

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The heat is on

It’s shaping up to be a sizzling, sweltering summer and grey nomads across the country are cooking up ways to keep their cool.

If a powered site and cranked-up air con are out the equation, it could be time to camp up next to a creek, find a shady spot, uncork a cold drink and get stuck into a good book or a relaxing game of cards.

The season’s first heatwave is heading east, setting a latest batch of records as it does so.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the slow-moving high pressure system that brought blistering heat to Perth during the recent Ashes Test is sending the mercury into the high 30s or low 40s across much of the continent.

Adelaide residents endured 41 on Wednesday and can look forward to 43 today. Melbourne will come close to that level, with 40 forecast for today.

Sydney can expect a moderate maximum of 28 degrees today before the mercury climbs to 35 on Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

However, the weather will cool again for Christmas Day.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook released on Wednesday shows that odds favour warmer and drier than normal conditions for the first three months of 2014 for eastern Australia.

The forecast suggests Australia’s unusual warmth in 2013 will extend well into the new year. This year is all but certain to be the hottest in more than a century of records for Sydney and the country as a whole, the bureau said.

This week’s slow-moving heat mass prompted the bureau to warn travellers to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

NSW Health added its advice for how to handle the up-coming heat, recommending people take precautions such as avoiding alcohol and hot or sugary drinks, and limiting physical activity.

People showing signs of heat impact – include confusion, dizziness, fainting, nausea and headaches – should seek urgent medical attention through their GP or local emergency department, NSW Health said.

Are you sizzling where you are? How do you keep your cool as the mercury soars? Comment below.

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One Response to Sizzling summer ahead as the mercury soars

  1. Weather forecasting is done by humans using computer weather models created by humans. Computer models mean nothing to Mother Nature who is the one that runs this weather show.

    Now, go and check next Tuesdays high and low temperatures. Make a note of them. Then when next Tuesday arrives see how accurate they are. Can these be the same people who are telling us that the earth’s climate will rise?

    Around 11,500 years ago the last Ice Age finished and so the earth has been warming since then. Data shows the earth has been warming every 100 years by about 1.4 degrees. So this earth warming is nothing new. 100 years is a very short span when compared to billions of years the earth’s climate has been going.

    Let’s go back to the 1970’s.
    During the 1970s the media promoted Global Cooling alarmism with dire threats of a new ice age.
    Extreme weather events were hyped as signs of the coming apocalypse and man-made pollution was blamed as the cause.
    Environmental extremists called for everything from outlawing the internal combustion engine to communist style population controls. This media hype was found in newspapers, magazines, books and on television;
    43 years on we now know what the result of Global Cooling was.
    Now, statistics can be made to show whatever the author wants them to show.

    Do your own checking and you’ll see some of these records have only been broken by 0.02 degrees etc.
    But the media hype will say and make out that the day’s top temperature has been SMASHED etc etc. Just wish they would report on the facts and stop trying to hype-up a single day’s weather report to sound better or worse than the days before.

    About averages – They give a max temperature in a certain town, then they compare that with the Australian averages. The media weather people do it this way to create something that really isn’t happening. They’ll do anything to make news. They never tell you by how much that high temperature record was broken by. Joe Citizen just believes what they hear on the Tele/Radio/Newspaper without thinking about it.

    Here are some facts about Hobarts Hottest and Coolest Days;

    Hobarts Hottest Christmas Day – 34.3C in 1945
    Hobarts Coldest Christmas Day – 12.6C in 1984

    Hobart hottest New Years day – 40.6C in 1900
    Hobarts Coldest New Years Day – 14.1C in 1949

    It also snowed in Hobart all the way to the water’s edge on Christmas Day 1979.

    Take note of those years. None of them have happened since we’ve been flogged to death by the Greens rhetoric about global warming.

    The above High & Low temperatures were issued by Dick Whitaker.
    Dick Whitaker is the Chief Meteorologist on The Weather Channel, following his esteemed thirty-year career as a meteorologist with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
    Just look back at the Heading for this article Sizzling summer ahead as the mercury soars.
    Is this really whats happening this summer? Or more media hype…..

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