end of October and up to last Friday (Nov. 2nd) was us a rule phenomenally low. As late as
Sunday night the general temperature fell to 40 degrees, and a light frost was reported from a
few low-lying places.
Monday was a normal day, but on Tuesday the anticipated heat-wave reached the district. Coming after the remarkably cool weather of the previous week, the oppressiveness of the day was felt greatly.
The temperature rose to 99 in the shade; and the atmosphere was filled with a light haze,
which was by many interpreted as indicating bush fires. During the night a sharp storm of
lightning and rain burst over the the town, and a grateful change followed. By daybreak,
however, the sky was all but cloudless again.
On Wednesday the beat wave reached it’s height. The haze was more pronounced, and clearly caused to come extent by the smoke of fires in the district. Dust-laden gusts also
swept across the town from time to time.
The glass registered 104 in the shade, and the atmospheric oppressiveness proved very relaxing to the frame. About sunset , however, things got comparatively cooler, though the air was still smoky and dusty. At midnight the temperature was nearly down to 60 deg. Before daybreak another night storm (chiefly of wind and dust) burst on the town. Residents who had leftwindows partly open, or verandah doors, etc., ajar, for the sake of coolness, were caught by
surprise and had to spring from sleep and see to the house fastenings in a moment’s notice,
regardless of the risk from draughts.
Thursday was comparatively cool and the thermometer was scarcely in the nineties, even in the early afternoon; but yesterday (Friday) was rather warmer.