Australia Swelters - Heatwave Forecast Information
HOT WEEKEND AHEAD - Sat/Sun Feb 11/12 2017
MAX TEMPS: 16:00 12/02 via WindyTy.
** RECORD BREAKING HEAT ** FEBRUARY 11th/12th 2017 - 'AUSTRALIA SWELTERS' **
Well above average temperatures are expected to continue across parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory coming into this weekend. Maximum temperature records tumbled today, especially for parts of eastern and western Sydney, including the Sydney Airport which reached a maximum of 43° at 2:24pm, beating the previous record of 42.6° set back on the 21st of February, 1980. Significantly higher than average maximums are expected into this weekend, so we need to remain vigilant relating to bushfire, heat-related illness and care of pets. Please take advantage of the information provided below.
The good news is there is a reprieve from the heat for southern states from Sunday, with a cold front forecast to sweep through parts of South Australia, Victoria and southern New South Wales. This change will bring much cooler conditions into early next week, however catastrophic fire dangers may exist ahead and on the boundary of the front. Showers and thunderstorms that develop along and behind the front may produce frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, presenting another potential fire hazard. Outlined below are forecast (OCF) maximum temperatures for tomorrow and Sunday for selected hotspots. Maximums for Capitals (Sunday) Brisbane 40°, Sydney 31°, Melbourne 18° and Adelaide on 21°.
Temperature hotspots over the weekend - state by state:
QUEENSLAND: (Saturday/Sunday - Forecast Max Temps)
• Thargaminda:  
• Charleville:  
• Cunnamulla:  
• Amberley:  
• Beaudesert:  
• Gatton:  
• Dalby:  
NEW SOUTH WALES: (Saturday/Sunday - Forecast Max Temps)
• Bourke:  
• Wilcannia Aero:  
• Broken Hill:  
• Coonamble Aero:  
• Moree:  
• Kempsey:  
• Grafton:  
EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS:
FIRE BAN - ENTIRE STATE OF NEW SOUTH WALES
SEVERE fire dangers are forecast for the Great Hunter, Southern Ranges, Central Ranges and Lower Central West Plains of New South Wales tomorrow the 11th of February, 2017. ** Every home should have a bushfire plan - Download yours >> HERE << (via the #RFSNSW).
HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS & PETS - HEATWAVE
ILLNESS: A heatwave is any long period of very hot weather. In Australia, heatwaves usually range from 37°C to 42°C. During heatwaves, there is an increase in emergency calls from people suffering heat-related illnesses. While the very young and the elderly are most at risk, anyone can be affected. Heat-related illness occurs when the body absorbs too much heat. This may happen slowly over a day or two of very hot weather. Act quickly to avoid serious or even fatal effects of fully developed heat stroke. Seek medical advice if you are concerned for your or another's wellbeing. For more information click >> HERE <<
PETS - HEAT KILLS:
VICTORIA: Pre-Change & Post Change: (Sat & Sun - Forecast Max Temps)
• Mildura:   (Sunday -17° cooler)
• Yarrawonga:   (Sunday -17° cooler)
• Swan Hill:   (Sunday -16° cooler)
• Charlton:   (Sunday -14° cooler)
• Kerang:   (Sunday -16° cooler)
• Wangaratta:   (Sunday -16° cooler)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Pre-Change & Post Change: (Sat & Sun - Forecast Max Temps)
• Coober Pedy:   (Sunday -10° cooler)
• Woomera:   (Sunday -16° cooler)
• Tarcoola:   (Sunday -13° cooler)
• Moomba Aero:   (Sunday -2° cooler)
• Oodnadatta:   (Sunday -5° cooler)
• Marree Aero:   (Sunday -2° cooler)
It just takes six minutes for your best friend to die in a hot vehicle. Each year, the RSPCA receives over 110,000 calls to their 1300 ANIMAL hotline. Just this year 1,097 distress calls about animals (usually dogs) being left in cars in the heat have been received by the RSPCA.
DON’T leave your dog inside a stationary vehicle, even with the windows down (locked or otherwise). Leaving car windows down on an unattended vehicle is illegal and will not prevent a car from reaching extreme temperatures.
DON’T leave your dog on the back of a parked utility, especially in the sun.
DO leave your dog secured in a safe area in the shade outside the vehicle with access to water, and ideally under the supervision of a reliable person, if you have to leave the animal for a short time.
DO ensure sufficient ventilation while the car is moving (air conditioning, windows down safely) and that your dog, or its cage, is adequately restrained.
DO ensure your dog has regular access to cool, clean drinking water.
Max Temperature Records - February 10th, 2017
** MULTIPLE MONTHLY RECORDS IN NSW BROKEN ** - Max Temperatures
• Broken Hill Airport - 45° - OLD RECORD 44.6°
• West Wyalong Airport - 44° - EQUAL RECORD 44°
• Mangrove Mountain - 41° - OLD RECORD 40.6°
• Singleton - 45° - OLD RECORD 44.5°
• Sydney Airport - 43° - OLD RECORD 42.6°
• Bankstown Airport - 44° - OLD RECORD 43.3°
• Canterbury Racecourse - 42° - OLD RECORD 41°
• Richmond RAAF - 43° - EQUAL RECORD of 43°
• Badgerys Creek - 44° - OLD RECORD 42.6°
• Horsley Park - 43° - OLD RECORD 41.9°
• Nowra Ran Air Station - 43° - OLD RECORD 40.5°
• Tuggeranong - 40° - OLD RECORD 39.9°
• Yanco Agricultural Institute - 45° - EQUAL RECORD of 45°
• Narrandera Airport - 45° - EQUAL RECORD of 45°
** IMAGE - Bureau of Meterology current temperatures at 15:00 EST
10/02 via Brisbane Storms Chasers.
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