I wondered whether there'd be much comment here, but I guess they speak for themselves.
Yes. 9.30 in the morning and its already 36 degrees here. But five hours up the road in Mildura its already 39. "Outside" is officially cancelled for the day.
Almost a case of "where do you start" (Bendigo added its name to the records list yesterday). January is going to come in as the hottest on record by about a degree for Australia and 2 degrees for NSW, and the summer is running so far ahead of previous records that even average conditions from here would see us break the previous summer record by about half a degree.
Blair, have you got any stats on Brisbane's rainfall this summer? It feels like we have had maybe 5 thunderstorms or rainy days since the start of December, when in the past we used to have one every couple of days... I can't remember it ever being this dry in January.
Brisbane City's got lucky a couple of times this month and has managed to pick up 26.6mm (which is actually slightly higher than last January), but a lot of suburban sites are in single digits - 2003 was the last time there was a January this dry across the bulk of metro Brisbane. Further inland much of the southeast quarter of Queensland is on track for driest January on record.
In Canberra yesterday I was outside at 5pm feeling like I was in front of an oven being sprinkled with a hot cup of tea. It was trying to rain. Never felt anything like it and I'm guessing Canberra is also breaking records this January. There are a number of very established street trees that have a crown of mostly brown dry leaves now.