The Australian Heatwave Of 1923-1924

The worst heatwave ever recorded was at Marble Bar, Australia in 1923 and 1924. They had 160 days in a row over one hundred degrees.

The world record for the longest sequence of days above 100°Fahrenheit (or 37.8° on the Celsius scale) is held by Marble Bar in the inland Pilbara district of Western Australia. The temperature, measured under standard exposure conditions, reached or exceeded the century mark every day from 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924, a total of 160 days.

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3 Responses to The Australian Heatwave Of 1923-1924

  1. This MUST have been caused by our reliance on fossil fuels and unsustainable living requirements.

  2. Andy OZ says:

    Now that was a heatwave!
    I’ve worked in Marble Bar in summer when it has been 50 deg in the shade. The heat is amazing! Air cons and ice cold beer were great at the end of the day.

    We’ve had a few days here in Oz over 40 deg C this summer, and the Australian MSM are frothing away that this is the worst summer ever. Exagerration is the new norm in the media.
    In the summer of 1994/5 we had six separate weeks of heat waves (>36 deg) in Perth, Western Australia. That was pretty hot. We have never had more than 3 heatwaves per summer since then.
    And it’s still one of the best cities in the world to live in. Check it out sometime.

  3. Bill Pounder says:

    Ah! The good old days, before ’59:
    Australia has a long history of heatwaves. The worst recorded heatwave was in 1939 when 438 people died. This heatwave affected South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
    Heatwaves have accounted for more deaths in Australia than any other climatic event. Some of the worst heatwaves on record are below:

    January 1896 – 437 people died
    January 1908 – 246 people died
    February 1921 – 147 people died
    January 1927 – 130 people died
    January 1939 – 438 people died
    February 1959 – 105 people died
    January 1973 – 26 people died
    February 1981 – 15 people died
    February 1993 – 17 people died
    February 2004 – 12 people died.

    http://www.ema.gov.au/www/ema/schools.nsf/Page/LearnAbout_HeatwavesIn_My_Backyard

    http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/natural-disasters

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