WHOLE NATION SWELTERS. 29 Jan 1932. “The pressure system in Australia itself was favorable to intense heat, and the cutting off of what was commonly known as the flow of tropical atmosphere had produced a state of weather stagnation.” 90 years ago the experts took time to find the reasons for prolonged heat waves. Now it’s the easy answer.

WHOLE NATION SWELTERS (1932, January 29). The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved August 3, 2020, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104204298?searchTerm=heat%20waves&searchLimits=#

Heat Waves Stubborn Things
No sufferer from recent and present heat conditions need think he has the discomfort entirely to himself, for the State Meteorologist, Mr. Mares,told “The Land” on Thursday that the whole of Australia was in the same boat.
Two types of heat, he said, were in evidence, a dry heat in the interior and a heat of such humidity on the coast that in some parts conditions would be as oppressive as under a temperature, of 20 to 30 degrees higher.
In places where there was less humidity.
The prolonged heat wave, said Mr, Mares, was due to an area of relatively low atmospheric pressure over the sea to the north of the continent, which acted as a barrier against the outside influences which are usually responsible for summer storms and changes in Australia.
The pressure system in Australia itself was favorable to intense heat, and the cutting off of what was commonly known as the flow of tropical atmosphere had produced a state of weather stagnation.
The only hope at present, said Mr. Mares, was a slight break in the weather barrier in West Australia, which might lead to something more definite.
Wilcannia’s Worst.
Some New South Wales centres have gone close to their previous records, and Wilcannia, Will have score of 13 not out, is already one day ahead of its previous record of 12 days in succession when the temperature was over 100 degrees.
Bourke’s worst effort was 24 consecutive days in 1896. Its worst this summer was 18, but it has started on another innings and when “The Land” went to press on Thursday was 12 not out.
Dubbo has had six of these days in succession, but its record is 16. Deniliquin, 8 not out is chasing its previous worst of 15, and Wentworth, with a previous record of 10, has recorded temperatures above the 100 for two spells of six days each, with one day between.
Albury cannot be found in the records as a special heat wave performer in the past, but has this year recorded temperatures above 100 on 12 days in succession.

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