CROP HEATS UP
Cotton crops are thriving as the South Burnett swelters through the hottest weather on record
KINGAROY residents have sweltered through the hottest day since records began in 1957 and the heat is not over yet.
While many crops wilted in the harsh sun, Peter Enkelmann’s cotton is thriving thanks to natural heat resistance. He said yesterday the crop still looked good. “It was watered before the weekend so it’s handled well,” he said.
Read more about farmers efforts to battle the heat in the Fence Post section on pages 9- 16.
For more information on what weather we can expect this week,
KINGAROY had its hottest day in 60 years on Sunday, with temperatures reaching 42 degrees.
Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Vinord Anand said temperature records for Kingaroy go back to 1957 and the last time the record was broken was January 2014 with 41 degrees.
Mr Anand said before Sunday the hottest February day ever recorded in Kingaroy was 37.8 degrees in 2004.
Temperatures on the weekend were 13– 15 degrees above average for February.
For the rest of the week, temperatures will be back around the low 30s, with possible showers today.
“It’s going to heat up again on the weekend but not nearly as bad as last weekend,” he said.
This weekend temperatures are predicted to be 35 degrees with a possible thunderstorm on Sunday.
Gayndah also recorded its hottest day for February with 41.3 degrees on Sunday.
“It was at least 12 degrees above the average in across the Burnett region,” he said
Mr Anand said Kingaroy normally experienced its hottest days of the year in January.
“And in Kingaroy in the last couple of days of 42 degrees yesterday and 38 degrees on Saturday stands as the hottest for any given month in Kingaroy.
For producers the hot dry weather has meant there is little feed around for cattle while some corn crops are struggling.
But the hot weather has been good for South Burnett cotton farmers and vineyards in the middle of vintage.
This week will be 5– 8 degrees cooler because of cloud cover and south- easterly winds coming into the South Burnett this week.
A trough moving north from New South Wales, as well as an inland trough, may also cause showers today.
Kingaroy wasn’t the only town to record its hottest day with Gatton at 45.7 degrees, Oakey at 42.8 degrees and Toowoomba recorded a new high of 40.8 degrees.
For more on what the hot and dry weather is doing to our crops, flick to Fence Post, from pages 9– 16.