Mr. R. F. Griffiths (assistant meteorologist) returned to work on Monday morning after a holiday by the cool waters of the Southern Ocean. It was hoped, that he had brought back with him some change from the torrid temperature of the past week, and a break-up of the drought. A cooler spell seems probable, but the rain is still officially declared to be far off. “The shade temperature at noon to-day,” said Mr. Griffiths, “was 87.4°, while at 3 p.m. the readings were 89.0” in the shade and 139.2° in the sun, making the sixth day in succession that the thermo-
meter has ranged over 85°, three of them being over 90°.
This is the longest spell of warm weather on record for so late in the month of April. Unfortunately the weather chart gives no promise of any immediate break-up of the dry spell. This morning it shows a slight depression to the south-west of Kangaroo Island, followed by a high-pressure, area on the Leeuwin.
This depression, however, is only likely to bring us a shift to cooler winds along the coastline, and gives no promise at present of rain.
The Barometer over south-eastern Australia, particularly New South Wales, continues high, although it has decreased slightly since Saturday. During the next 24 hours we may expect continued fine weather, with variable winds, tending southerly on the coastline.”