The latest Bureau of Meteorology shenanigans
This summer has been very frustrating for the BOM. As tireless global warming missionaries, they wanted the Sydney summer to be the "hottest yet". And the headlines they generated have on several occasions claimed just that.
But the thermometers have in fact been unobliging. If you read the small print, coastal Sydney has failed to get into the 40s. It was only localities that are normally hot which did that.
And hanging over their heads is the awful truth that the temperature in coastal Sydney reached 42 degrees (108F) in 1790, long before there were any power stations, SUVs and all the other Greenie bugaboos in Sydney.
So what to do? They have had a brainwave (below). Instead of reporting maximum temperatures they are now reporting MINIMUM temperatures. They say that various minimum (night-time) temperatures have been unusually hot. But global warming is supposed to cause high maximum temperatures so it is a pretty desperate bit of fake news
SYDNEY residents sweltered through the harbour city’s hottest January night in recorded history last night.
But the good news for the sleepless masses is relief is in sight, with a cool change on its way.
Temperature records tumbled across Sydney as the extreme heatwave peaked overnight.
Among the new records set were in Observatory Hill, where the temperature dropped only to 26.4C, Bankstown (26.2C), Camden (27.1C), Penrith (28.6C), Richmond (28.2C), Horsley Park (26.2C), and Terrey Hills (26.9C).
But relief is on its way.
Conditions across the southern half of NSW are expected to ease over the weekend but the mercury will likely remain in the low to mid 40s in the state’s north.
After copping temperatures up to 45C on Friday, Sydney’s west is forecast for a milder maximum of 35C on Saturday while in the coastal parts of the city it is due to reach 31C.
But for those in the far north it is expected to remain hot with a predicted high of 41C at Grafton.
Queenslanders who have been in the grip of the same heatwave are set to endure another day of blistering conditions before conditions cool on Sunday.
A top of 34C is forecast for Brisbane on Saturday, which is five degrees above the average maximum for this time of year.
(Rubbish! The temperature in my anteroom regularly tracks the official observations for Brisbane and at 34.5C yesterday afternoon it did go higher on my thermometer than the forecast. But it had been right on 34C for a week or so)