Record Heat Wave For December. 18 Dec 1945. The highest maximum temperature recorded in Leeton was 117 degrees on January 11, 1939. 47.2 Celsius.
Record Heat Wave For December (1945, December 18). The Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW : 1915 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved December 22, 2021, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/156166854?searchTerm=Record%20Heat%20december#
People Prostrated By Oppressive Conditions
NIGHTS ALMOST UNBEARABLE WHEN the thermometer registered 112 degrees in the shade
on Saturday it constituted a record hot day for December at Leeton, the previous highest for that month being 111.2, which was recorded on December 27, 1938.
From Tuesday last it was a trying week throughout, with consistently high temperatures ranging from 97 degree’s on Tuesday and steadily mounting on succeeding days until the climax was reached on Saturday with 112 degrees.
On three succeeding days fit the week-end the mercury in the thermometer soared high above the century mark, blistering the paint on buildings, making the roofs and walls of houses burning hot, and causing mortality amongst domestic birds and animals, whilst the loss of at least one human life that of a baby was directly attributed to the heat.
The highest maximum temperature recorded in Leeton was 117 degrees on January 11, 1939.
HEAT WAVE GENERAL OVER STATE
Heat wave conditions prevailed over the greater part or the State yesterday and at 11 a.m. in Sydney the thermometer passed the 100 mark.
The highest temperature yesterday was 115 degrees at White Cliffs and Berrigan, while at Urana it was only one degree lower. Six people died many others collapsed at Broken Hill yesterday when the temperature reached 106 degrees.