Afternoon temperatures at Bourke, NSW averaged 110F during January 1896, but were thirteen degrees cooler this year.
January 1896 Heatwave In Australia
The condition of Brewarrina is hardly better than that of Bourke. Yesterday’s record was 117. On Wednesday night many of the residents walked the streets for hours, the thermometer at midnight registered 109, and the minimum reading was 103. Sickness is alarmingly prevalent. Bingara was yesterday visited by a terrific thunderstorm. Typhoid is prevalent in this district. Burraga yesterday registered 100 ; Cobar, 119, with two deaths registered. Goulburn, 104, with five deaths ; Grafton, 100 ; Gundagai, 108 ; Harden, 103; Moree, 109 ; Tamworth, 101. Wagga, 110 ; West Wyalong, 114 ; Young, 108.
The New York Times described the 1896 heatwave as the “hottest of hot waves on record”
ABC News and the Bureau of Meteorology say 435 people died in the 1896 heatwave, but this was caused by bad thermometers.
“The temperature recording methods used in 1896 were flawed”
via Real Climate Science
March 21, 2021 at 10:19AM