Previous Heat Waves. 16 Dec 1919. 120, 122, 123 Deg F = 48.8889, 50, and 50.556 Degrees Celsius

PREVIOUS HEAT WAVES. (1919, December 16). Toowoomba Chronicle (Qld. : 1917 – 1922), p. 5. Retrieved June 14, 2022, from

In addition to the high reading 101.2, 105 and 104 mentioned in yesterday’s Chronicle for 1919, 1913 and 1019, respectively, the following are of Historic interest:-
Going back to 1901 the heat experienced here that summer was terrible for Toowoomba, whose mean summer temperature compares most favourably with any portion of the world.
In Isisford, the heat degrees registered over a number of days preceding December 18 were:- 120deg, 122deg, 123deg.
In Toowomba on December 17 the maximum was 103.4deg. The highest previous to this was on January 11, 1892, when the maximum was 99deg.
Down the range on December 18 the heat at Messrs. H. Bigg and son’s orchard and vineyard was 114deg. that was the hottest since 1883. On the same day the maximum at Pittsworth was 106. on this very hot day Mr. R. W. scholefield, at Weetwood, Toowoomba, registered 104.8deg.
By 9 o’clock at night the temperature had dropped to 84.7deg. In the late Nehemiah Bartley’s book of reminiscences of Australian life, entitled “Opals and Agates”, appears reminiscences of a trip with Mr. R. Meston (uncle of Mr.’ Archie Meston).
This trip was undertaken in 1854 and in his memoirs of the Downs he says:-
It was 108 deg at Warwick on December 18; the same at Clifton next day; grass all burnt and yellow; 110 at Drayton the following day, and here I resolved to stop until the hot wind was over.
I may mention, that during three days it was 117 deg., 119 deg., and 122 deg. in the shade at Chinchilla, and 112 deg. at Franklyn Vale, below the range. Lloyd came up from Helidon to Horton’s and Captain Vignolle’s, and other squatters were there, grimly expressing the sarcastic wish that Dr. Lang and his immigrants were all up there just then and engaged in their pet agricultural pursuits, so hateful to the squatters, who wanted their runs intact, and who swore that the Darling Downs would not grow a cabbage, and certainly, at that particular rainless period, the squatters had all the best of the argument.