By Stephanie Anderson
22 January 2013
Canberra is sweltering through what could be its hottest January on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
After hitting a record high of 42 degrees last week, the month’s average could be pushed into the record books, meteorologist Rebecca Kamitakahara said.
“We are on track to exceed our January average for maximum temperatures, which is 28 degrees,” she said.
“Currently our average temperature is sitting in the low 30s, but that of course will be fully evaluated at the end of the month.”
The capital sweltered through its hottest January day on record last week, when the mercury reached 42 degrees on January 18. Ms Kamitakahara said that record was also the second hottest temperature on record, across all months, for Canberra - second only to a maximum of 42.2 degrees recorded on February 1, 1968.
The higher temperatures, coupled with a weak inland low pressure trough, have also caused some isolated thunderstorms throughout the capital region.
“There is another front expected to cross the state late Friday night or early Saturday morning,” Ms Kamitakahara said.
“There is the chance that we will see some increased shower and thunderstorm activity associated with this.”
The expected storms have put firefighters on watch for possible lightning strikes throughout the region.
The dry conditions mean storms can have dangerous consequences, NSW Rural Fire Service member Tim Carroll said.
“Any sort of lightning activity at this time of the year gets our attention,” he said. [more]
Need a happy?
- 60 Minutes: The Age of Mega-Fires
- Altered Oceans
- Apocadocs: Humoring the Horror of Environmental Collapse
- Calculated Risk
- Carbon Based Climate Change Adaptation
- Census of Marine life
- Club Orlov: Dmitry Orlov and the Collapsnik Party
- Converging Emergencies, 2010-2020
- Crisis Forums
- Dead Trees ... Dying Forests
- Deep Into Artlife West
- Ea O Ka Aina: For a self-sustaining Kauai
- Economic Undertow
- Fire Earth
- Grist: A Beacon in the Smog
- Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
- Information Is Beautiful
- International Programme on the State of the Oceans
- IUCN Red List of Endangered Species
- Jeremy Jackson: Brave New Ocean
- Jim Galasyn: State of the Oceans 2011 pdf
- Lend Me a Looking Glass
- Love Salem
- Marine Climate Change
- Mess Time
- Mongabay.com: Tropical Rainforest Conservation
- NASA Earth Observatory: Image of the Day
- NASA Visible Earth
- National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center
- Nature Bats Last
- Only In It For The Gold
- Ornery Bastard
- Other Voices, Other Choices
- Planet3.0 | Beyond Sustainability
- RealClimate: Climate Science from Climate Scientists
- Shades of Green
- Wit's End
- World Catastrophe Map
- World Disaster Report