Hottest Places in World. 09 Feb 1953. The record for a heat wave is held by Marble Bar, in the north-west of Western Australia. For 162 consecutive days —from October 30, 1923, till April 7, 1924 — the mercury soared over the century.

Hottest Places in World (1953, February 9). The North Western Courier (Narrabri, NSW : 1913 – 1955), p. 2. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/138446501?searchTerm=hottest%20day%20on%20record%20in%20three%20capitals#
The hottest places in the world are the dry deserts. The highest claim for shade temperature is 167 degrees Fahrenheit in the Gobi Desert ,but since the correct conditions were not fulfilled, 136 F. at Aziza, in Tripolitania, is the highest accepted reading.
With 127.5 on January 16, 1889, Cloncurry in Queensland figures amongst the record holders. In New South Wales, Bourke with 125 F.. is the hottest.
Our capital cities, in order of sweltering, read: Adelaide 117.7. Melbourne 114.1, Sydney 113.6, Perth 112.2, Brisbane 109.8, and Hobart 105.2. The highest temperature recorded in Newcastle is 112 degrees.
Dear old London has just reached the century, Paris, the ‘hot spot’ of Europe, 101, and New York 102. |
HEAT WAVE RECORD
The record for a heat wave is held by Marble Bar, in the north-west of Western Australia. For 162 consecutive days —from October 30, 1923, till April 7, 1924 — the mercury soared over the century. Daly Waters with 83 consecutive centuries seems cool in comparison.
The coldest spots on earth are on the continents of the Northern Hemisphere and in Antarctica. In 1938 a reading of -108 F. was reported from Oimekon, in Siberia. But the lowest accepted reading is -110 F. at Verkhoyansk, 400 miles away, on February 5, 1892.
The lowest screen temperature recorded in Australia is -8F. at Charlotte Pass, near Mt. Kosciusko on June 14. 1945. Australia’s coldest capitals are Melbourne 27F., Hobart 28F., Adelaide 32F., Perth 34F., and Sydney and Brisbane 36F. Newcastle’s lowest temperature was 37F. London has been down to 4F., and both Paris and New York -14F. ground temperatures are much colder.
To give a comparison, Sydney’s coldest ground temperature is 24F. Rather unpleasant sleeping in the Domain!
Rainfall records border on the fantastic. At Porto Bello 2.78 inches fell in five minutes.
A cloudburst at Galveston, on the Gulf of Mexico, gave 3.49 inches in 10 minutes. In a
cloudburst at Guinea 9.25 inches was registered in half an
hour.
The hour’s record is held by Campo, in California, with 11½ inches. Crohmanhurst, in
Queensland, once had 30.7 inches in one day. But the town of Baguio, in the Philippines, recorded 45.99 inches i24 hours — our annual rainfall in one day.
The wettest spot on earth is Cherrapungi in India, with 1041.78 inches in one year — 86 feet of rain.
Australia’s highest rainfall occurred at Deeral, in Queensland, where 1945.
WORLD’S DRIEST PLACE
The driest places in the world are, of course, the deserts. Many places would receive no rain, but our figures come from places where people actually live. At Africa, in northern Chile, no rain fell for 15 years, but in the next two years three showers gave a
total of 14 points.
In Australia the lowest record comes from a lonely spot on the rabbit-proof fence in Western Australia, only two points falling one year. The village of De Grey had only five points. At Mungeranie five Showers yielded 39 points.
To settle all arguments about Australia’s capital cities, here are the figures: Canberra 22.91 inches, with 108 wet days: Perth 35.05 inches with 121 wet days; Adelaide 21.10 inches from 124 days; Sydney 46.21 inches on 151 days; Mebourne 25.55 inches, with 141 wet days; Brisbane 44.7 inches from 125 days; and Hobart 2.462 .inches from 168 days.