MILDURA FRUIT SEASON Jan 5 1906. The maximum shade heat recorded at the post office to-day by one of the Government instruments was 123 deg. = 50.5 Celsius

MILDURA FRUIT SEASON (1906, January 13). Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 – 1931), p. 9. Retrieved January 25, 2022, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/163061344?searchTerm=mildura%20fruit%20season#

MILDURA, January 5.
The maximum shade heat recorded at the post office to-day by one of the Government instruments was 123 deg. There was no wind.
The forecast is “Continued great heat inland, with northerly winds.”
This temperature, unless accompanied by high winds, will not damage the crops of fruit. Last year at the beginning of January the heat reached 122½ deg., with heavy north winds, and reduced the crop all round 60 per cent.
There is almost certain to be a great shortage of labour for the fruit harvest. The canning factories are working long hours, and it is just possible that Swallow & Ariell will send labour from their Port Melbourne factory.
A heavy crop of all sorts of fruits is probable.