HEAT WAVES 14 Jan 1939. 114 deg F = 45.5 Celsius. With a reading of 114.1 degrees at 12.50 p.m. to-day’s temperature passed the all-time record of 112.5 established on Tuesday. Country temperatures at 9 a.m. were nearly all in the vicinity of 100 degrees.

HEAT WAVES (1939, January 14). The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 – 1954), p. 16 (Edition 2). Retrieved July 5, 2022, from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/127311127?searchTerm=heat%20waves&searchLimits=#

BRISBANE, Thursday
While the city itself has not been affected by the heat wave the inland parts of the State continue to experience high temperatures. At Thargomindah yesterday the temperature was113 degrees, being the 27th consecutive day on which the century mark was passed. Charleville recorded 106 degrees.
Friday Twelve deaths have occurred in New South Wales in the last two days as a result of the heat wave. One of the victims was Leo. Sheehan, manager of Mooculta Station, who was found dead about 150 yards from the station yesterday. He must have endured agony before he died. While returning to the homestead his car broke down and he began to walk back in the terrific heat. A police tracker disclosed to-day that every fifty yards he collapsed in the dust and eventually crawled till death left him on his back with his face to the glaring sun.
Serious bush fires have broken out in many parts of the State, the worst being in the Bega, Eden, Pericoe and Towamba districts. The roar of the conflagration was heard eight miles away as the flames swept through the Pericoe and Towamba districts.
Farmers liberated their stock in an attempt to save them, but many cattle and sheep perished. The homes of many families have been wiped out.
The hot weather in western parts of the State has caused an alarming mortality amongst native birds.
BRISBANE, Friday Night
Bush fires and dust storms, during the past week have thrown a pall of dense smoke and gritty haze almost, entirely, over the whole of Australia.
To-day the sun was behind a curtain that extends all over South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and the southern half of Queensland and miles out to sea.
Nothing could be more Indicative of the appalling state of the continent which is plunged in one of the most devastating droughts on record.
In Queensland, heavy rains are continuing along the coast north from Cardwell with light showers southward as far as Mackay, but elsewhere in the State, the heat wave continues with the thermometer in many centres well over the century mark.
Two elderly women died from the effects of heat at Thargomindah where the temperature has exceeded the century for the last four weeks.
Eight more deaths, attributed to the heat, were reported to-day from country towns.
Before 10 a.m. to-day, Bourke, with 105 degrees, recorded its 28th consecutive century, and Ivanhoe, with 112 degrees at 10.30 a.m., pressed its unofficial claim to a State record of thirty in a row. Many people are being treated in country hospitals for heat.
MELBOURNE, Friday Night
With a reading of 114.1 degrees at 12.50 p.m. to-day’s temperature passed the all-time record of 112.5 established on Tuesday. Country temperatures at 9 a.m. were nearly all in the vicinity of 100 degrees.
There were a few well over the century mark.
CANBERRA, Friday Night
Canberra experienced another trying day to-day, the thermometer reaching 107.5 degrees. The first victim of the heat was Mr. F. N. Radcliffe. author of “Flying Fox and Drifting Sand,” who collapsed when delivering a lecture on soil erosion at the Science Congress. His condition is not serious.
ADELAIDE, Friday Night
Adelaide entered upon the eighth day of its record heat wave to-day. At 2.30 p.m. the thermometer showed 114 degrees with no immediate hope of relief. The heat has caused the death of many elderly people during the week.
Holdens, motor body builders, and a number of other large establishments, are closing down until the heat abates. Workmen have been overcome by heat which, in many shops, has reached well over the 120 degrees mark.