well over 100deg., more particularly in western, northern, central, and eastern portions, com-
prising in all about three-fourths of the mainland.
On Saturday the weather chart showed a disturbance of considerable magnitude over prac-
tically the whole of the north-eastern half of Australia, but it is so elongated that but a few
hundred miles separates the cool southerly change on its western side from the hot northerlies influenced by the isobars of its eastern side.
Cooler weather now rules over the southern parts of the States, or south of a line joining Sydney and Alice Springs and Onslow (in the north-west of W.A.). The highest temperatures advised on Saturday were : —
“William Cheek 113deg., Charlotte Waters 112, 111 at Marble Bar, 108 each at Alice Springs, Farina, and Boulia and 107 each at Hall’s Creek, Nullagine, and Windorah. In New South
Wales the highest reported on Saturday was 105deg. at Mogil, Tibooburra. In extreme north-
west corner) 104; White Cliffs 103, Bourke, Wilcannia, and Wentworth each 101, and Brewar-
rina, Broken-hill, Menindie, Euston, Mungindi, and Moree each 100.
As a consequence of the hot and dry conditions experienced generally over the continent, little or no rain has been recorded during the past few days. In New South Wales, the only precipitation reported was one point at Deniliquin.
Associated with the extensive southerly change, however, considerable cloud areas have formed in each of the States; Indeed, the most since the beginning of the month. The night temperatures in Now South Wales were mostly in the 50’s and 60’s (deg.), and even in the tablelands they sable no lower than 40deg., except at Rockley, with 39deg. — the lowest in the State.
Sydney, after a cloudless and dewy night, on Saturday opened with a thick smoke fog in the city and on the Harbor, which partially obscured the landscape in various parts. Temperatures rose rapidly from the early morning minimum, 59.8 degree, to 79.1 at 9 a.m., and the relative humidity at that hour stood at 42 per cent.
This represents a good deal more moisture in the atmosphere than during the hot, dry experience of last Tuesday and Wednesday, when the humidity records were in the )0’s (per cent.).