HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HEAT WAVE (1940, March 12). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 3. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12432610?searchTerm=march%20heat%20wave&searchLimits=#

Yesterday was the sixth day of Melbourne’s phenomenal autumn heat wave. The record length for a March heat wane is seven days, established in 1934, when the highest temperature was 103.4deg.
The maximum temperature record has been broken, and the record for duration will be equalled to-day.
Nights have been cool because the absence of wind has allowed rapid radiation of heat. Falls of dew have helped also.
Water consumption is reaching new records. In four days Melbourne has used 616,170,000 gallons, but the storage position is satisfactory.
Comparative temperatures at the Weather Bureau and Gaunt’s, showing how the weather got hotter and hotter:
Weather      Bureau.         Gaunt’s.
9 a.m.          77
10 a.m.        92.5               83.5
11 a.m.         97.7               94
Noon.          100.7             100
1 p.m.          103.5             104
2 p.m.          106.1             107
3 p.m.          107                109
4 p.m.          105.2             108
5 p.m.          105                105.5
6 p.m.          100.7
7 p.m.           96.3
8 p.m.          89
Salad vegetables were almost unobtainable in Melbourne and the suburbs yesterday afternoon.
Melbourne and Coburg croquet clubs abandoned their championship matches because of the heat.
The Victorian Croquet Association’s pennant matches, which were to have been held to-day and
to-morrow, have been postponed for a month.
In the heat of the day yesterday, while most of Melbourne languished and sought means of getting cool, the Minister for Air (Mr. Fairbairn) fought a strenuous squash match with M. C. Hinder, and won the squash rackets championship of the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club. “The
court was like an oven,” he said later. And – would you believe it? – many footballers trained. The attendance was best at South Melbourne, where 80 players turned out. Many players at other clubs complained of the heat and did not bother to train. Camberwell expected 60
players-and found 20.
Country tennis championship tennis finals were played in Melbourne, and contestants did not seem unduly distressedOne beaming player quite sincerely said, “Well, you’ve really given us some lovely weather this time.”
The best heat wave fashion was seen in Bourke street, displayed by a man wearing a Panama hat. Beneath the hat he had fastened a water-soaked hankerchief which dripped water on to his
At Intervals he took a bottle of water from his pocket and remoistened the handkerchief!
An ironical note was struck at the Weather Bureau when 20 recruits from Army and Air Force began a special training course in meteorology.
Their first lesson was: How to Read a Rain Gauge!

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