RECORD HEAT FOR NOVEMBER 7 Nov 1946 “Up to 108 Inland The 100 degrees was passed at Maitland shortly after 9 a.m.” 108deg F = 42.2 Celsius

RECORD HEAT FOR NOVEMBER (1946, November 7). Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from

NEWCASTLE sweltered yesterday under heatwave conditions which sent temperatures to the highest November readings on record and the highest since January 5 when Mr. Cyril Griffiths
recorded 107 degrees.
The heat reached its peak at 1.10 p.m. when Mr. Griffiths registered 105.6 degrees.
The temperature then at Nobbys was 103.
The humidity at this time also reached a record level. Mr. Griffiths recorded 11 per cent. and Nobbys 17 per cent. Both were the lowest ever recorded at either place.
Welcome Relief
A light north-easterly at 1.15 p.m. caused a drop of 15.0 degrees in temperatures in 15 minutes and was a relief from the strong westerly gusts which reached a velocity of 35 miles an hour.
The final relief came at 6.43 p.m. when a 60-mile-an-hour southerly reached Nobbys.
The temperature at Bar Beach, recorded by Mr. Griffiths, at 6 o’clock was 70 degrees, with 60 per cent. of humidity. At 7 o’clock the temperature had fallen to 68, but the humidity had risen to 85.
Temperatures then continued to fall until at 10o’clock Mr. Griffiths registered 64. Mr. Griffiths said the cold front of air pressure caused the southerly “buster”‘ at Newastle.
“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.
Beaches Crowded
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.
Up to 108 Inland
The 100 degrees was passed at Maitland shortly after 9 a.m. The maximum reading at West Maitland Post-office was 106, with 107.5 degrees at Campbell’s Hill. The reading at 5 p.m. was 103.
There was no relief until the southerly change at 7.30 p.m.
The maximum temperature at
Cessnock Post-office was 104.
Private thermometers at Kurri
Kurri gave readings up to 108.
The maximum at Dungog was 108.
The maximum at Gosford was 104
at 11.30 a.m.
Temperatures in the capitals yester
day were-
Maximum. Minimum.
Sydney …….. 104.5 62.8
Canberra …… 94 79
Melbourne . . . .62 56
3risbane …… 80 66
Adelaide . . . .. 66 51
Hobart ….. 56 44
Perth ……… 73 –