The Heat Wave 104 in the Shade 11 Nov 1905 104deg F = 40 Celsius. “Reports of bush fires reach us from nearly every part of the district.”

The Heat Wave. (1905, November 11). Dubbo Dispatch and Wellington Independent (NSW : 1887 – 1932), p. 4. Retrieved November 29, 2020, from

Bush Fires.
The oldest inhabitant would be hard put to it to remember such a meteorological experience us
this district has been treated to during the past seven days. The temperature, to the very
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.
Reports of bush fires reach us from nearly every part of the district.
During the week big bush fires have been raging between Rawsonville amd Coalbaggie.
The properties of Messrs. Hovenden, Edmonsen, McCullagh, Kelly, and Roberts, it is said, were in great danger. Some miles of fencing were destroyed, and hundreds of acres of grass were burnt.
Our Trangio correspondent writes : “The fire fighters have unexpectedly been called into
action this year rather early in this district. At present the bush is ablaze in quarters close
to us. On Sunday fires broke out simultaniously on Mr. W.N. Sugrue”s, on the south of the town, and Mr. W. N. Lanes on the north. The fire at Mr. Sugrue’s was subdued after some severe tussling by the neighbours, but a fresh outbreak seems to have taken place in that locality to-day, judging by the smoke visible from town.
The fire on Mr. Lane’s has raged unabated, and has travelled over Messrs Bowen and Richard-
son’s property. So far there is no destruction reported of standing crops.
” Later reports to hand are to the effect that a fire broke out on Mullah on Wednesday, and
Gibson and Purseglove have been wrestling with the flames. A report was current this
morning that Mr. Alexander Cameron, of ‘ Trungie ‘ had his crop destroyed, but no con-
firmation of the report had been received by mail time.”
Our Narromine correspondent writes :
“Mr. Phillips has suffered severely from fires, having lost the whole of his crop. The fire is raging on the Mungeribah-Narwonah boundary, but the effort of the workers have managed to keep it in check so far.”
A fire broke out at Murrumbidgerie on Wednesday, on Mr. J. Crowley, senior’s, and it is
reported that the house had a rather narrow escape. The fire proceeded across country in
the direction of Geurie, and spread over a fairly large extent of country ; but up to yesterday (Friday) we believe no crops had actually been destroyed.
Terrible disorders have occurred in Bessarabia. Famine is general, and hundreds are dying of starvation.