Heatwave melts records over Far North
OPENING a door to go outside was like opening an oven this week.
It’s safe to say, summer is well and truly here.
Record breaking temperatures were seen across the Far North with Low Isles reaching a high of 38.9° Celsius on Monday. It just pipped its previous max temperature of 38.8° set in 2016.
Harry Clark from the Bureau of Meteorology. said this week’s heatwave is difficult to relate to the summer outlook.
“We will see the temp slowly ease but it will still be really warm and these extreme heatwave conditions are likely to persist, especially given the overnight temperatures.
“There’s a 70 per cent chance of El Nino forming.”
The rest of the week is predicted to sit in the mid-30s.
He said temperatures varied across the region due to the sea breeze but the entire northern region was close to breaking high temperature records.
The Cairns Airport broke its max temperature of 40.5° (December 1995) with 42.6° on Monday.
Temperatures remained (above average) in the low-40s on Tuesday but eased as thunderstorms rolled through.
BOM said the above average weather will likely bring on thunderstorms, as most of the region found out on Tuesday.
Records were also broken as Ergon customers cranked up their airconditioners.
The Far North’s new record peak load of 384 megawatts was recorded at 7pm on Monday. The previous record was 371.9MW on February 17, 2016.
Tropical Public Health Service director Dr Richard Gair explained the symptons of heat distress.
“If you experience symptoms including an extremely high body temperature, flushed dry skin, a rapid pulse, headache or disorientation, you may have heat stroke, which can be extremely serious,” Dr Gair said.
“People should be alert to the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, including heat rash, muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fainting.”