“This type of weather system always causes heavy wind gusts, which reach gale force without much warning, and bring a roll of flying scud cloud at a height of about only 800ft.,” he said. “A big drop in the temperature always occurs.”
Mr. Griffith’s forecast for Newcastle, Coalfields and Upper Hunter is.–Fine inland; mainly fine and cool er along the coast, with a chance of some scattered coastal showers developing. Southerly to south-easterly winds.
The State Weather Bureau forecast for Newcastle. Hunter. Hastings and Manning is-Few showers and isolated thunderstorms; otherwise fine and cooler, with fresh south to south
west winds: bushfire danger high but decreasing; slight seas.
Hundreds fled to the beaches and baths. They found little relief unless in the water for the sand and sun were intensely hot. At 6 o’clock hundreds of people thronged Neweastle beach; but at 7 o’clock the sand was deserted.
Secondary scloolchildren were fortunate in that yesterday afternoon was their sport afternoon and they went swimming.
Shop assistants suffered in buildings that were like furnaces. Their only consolation was that the day was too hot for many people to go shopping.