Friday 10 February 2017

Catastrophic heatwave in Australia

The officials are describing the weather conditions as ‘catastrophic’

This One Photo Proves Australia Is Actually The Portal To Hell
Brace yourselves, summer is here with a vengeance.

A heat wave is coming "welcome to hell on earth in Australia"

Australia is entering a MONSTER of a heatwave that has made the country look like an actual portal to hell:

meanwhile in australia
  • a beeb (@espurrkawa)
@inseaslikethat this is fine :)
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For Americans playing along at home, that is 113 degrees Farenheit.

Here’s the hellmouth from another angle, in case you were wondering.

'Going to be a big day': Heatwave to strain hospitals, power supplies in NSW

10 February, 2017

NSW is bracing for a record heatwave that is set to strain hospitals, bring "catastrophic" fire threats to some areas and could cause blackouts, as electricity demand soars to record levels.

Sydney hospitals face an influx of heat-affected presentations in emergency departments as the city heads into a three-day period with temperatures above 40 degrees.

Central Sydney can expect a top of 38 degrees on Friday with western suburbs likely to roast in 44 degrees.

NSW Police has activated its Heatwave Action Plan, and health authorities are warning people to take precautions to protect themselves.

Bathers hit Coogee Beach early before scorching weather sets in over NSW.
The number of heat-related emergencies had already risen at hospitals across the state during recent heatwaves, NSW Health said.

Young men in particular were seeking medical help more often than normal, the department said.

More than 1100 people presented to Westmead Hospital's emergency department with possible heat-related conditions in December and January as the city baked in what's likely to be its hottest summer.
Emergency staff saw a spike in potentially heat-related conditions including fainting and syncope (a loss of consciousness due to a fall in blood pressure) during heatwave periods....


Have a look at these ridiculous temps the next two days across NSW, inland Victoria, eastern SA and into southern QLD.

46c possibly 47c expected in large parts of southern NSW tomorrow and north western Victoria, the extreme heat pushes further north on Saturday into northern NSW.

Canberra and Sydney will also see extreme heat with temps expected in the 40's in Canberra which is rare! and 45-46c temps in the western suburbs of Sydney next few days.

A strong cold front will push through south eastern Australia Saturday night and Sunday flushing most of this heat out of eastern Australia by early-mid next week.

Some thunderstorm activity are possible across eastern NSW Sunday and into south east Queensland Monday as this major change moves through dropping temps 10-20c in some parts. Sydney may see storms on Sunday and Brisbane Monday.

Actual temperatures in some places have reached 49 degrees Celsius

Murrray River Queen

At 49 degrees today we're feeling hot hot hot!!!! Looking out for the wellness of our kitchen staff, we've decided to close for dinner service, as the temps in the kitchen are even higher!! Sorry for the inconvenience.

Not all places in Australia are being hit by heatwave


- 100MM+ RAIN FALLING IN Perth and still going!!

- Flooding is occurring

- This makes it the wettest February on record smashing the previous record

- There is still a chance of the temp stays below 19c before 9am it be the coldest Feb day on record.


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A major cold front Saturday night and Sunday will introduce showery weather parts of Tasmania (especially western and south western parts) and southern Victoria and much cooler air for large parts of south eastern and eastern Australia but have a look at this! Snow is more than likely on the central highlands! and possibly Mt Wellington.

Snow is expected to fall as low as 900 metres.

Snow likely regions maps thanks to Ventusky, Windytv & MetEye.

Meanwhile New Zealand as a whole is seeing a cooler-than-usual summer.

Wellington's bummer summer: fewest 'beach days' in 30 years

3 February, 2017

The summer of 2017 will not be remembered fondly by the people of Wellington.

Regardless of whether you look at sunshine hours, wind speeds, rainfall or temperature - the capital's summer has been un-arguably the worst in years.

Beach-goers have particular reason to moan, with MetService data showing January had the fewest "beach days" of any summer in the past 30 years.

Defined as days with more than eight hours of cloudless sunshine and a temperature greater than 17 degrees Celsius, Wellingtonians enjoyed only eight beach days - a poor show for a month that usually serves up twice that amount.

That statistic will not come as a complete shock to those in Wellington who experienced three significant lows in the space of a week in January when gale-force winds disrupted flights, ferry crossings and public transport.

MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray said perceptions of this summer had not been helped by the previous two summers in Wellington being stand-outs for sunshine.

"Even looking at the long-term average, this hasn't been a good summer," she said. "The chances of getting a warm day with no rain and light winds has been way lower than normal."

Met Service Meteorologist Lisa Murray says Wellingtonians should make the most of any nice day they get before summer ends because there isn't going to be many of them.

Anyone brave enough to make it to the beach in Wellington this summer will have, more often than not, been greeted by strong winds and unusually chilly sea temperatures, Murray said.

"In general, over the South Island and lower-North Island they have been 2C below average."


Some Wellington businesses that depend on the sun shining have not faired so well as a result.

Last year Crocodile Bikes owner Tony Christie said there was only a handful of days in January when his Oriental Bay bike hire business was either extremely slow or closed. This year that number was about 15.

"With the Wellington public if it's a bad day they don't come out, and if it's a good day they all come out."

Karl Tiefenbacher, managing director of gourmet icecream and coffee retailer Kaffee Eis, said earnings across his four stores this summer had dipped by 33 per cent compared to last year.

"It's just a combination of more rain, more wind, and last summer we had a real treat. I've lived in Wellington all my life and that was one of the best ones I can remember," he said.

Downtown Wellington on January 4, when there were more winter jackets and umbrellas on show that T-shirts and shorts.

"I think we had this fake hope that summers were improving, but we're just back to where we were two or three years ago."


But it's not all bad news on the retail front, provided you have a roof over your head.

Wreda chief executive Chris Whelan says tourists have been doing indoor activities rather than going to the beach.

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (Wreda) chief executive Chris Whelan said Te Papa has had one of its best Januarys, with about 197,000 people having popped into the museum for a look.

Wellington's $2.3 billion tourism industry, in general, had not suffered that badly from the shocker summer, Whelan said. TSB Arena, Michael Fowler Centre and the St James Theatre all enjoyed their best January on record.

Visitor spending in Wellington grew by three per cent in December, he said.

Hawke's Bay Tourism General Manager Annie Dundas says a lot of Wellingtonians have been heading up the road for a bit of sun.

"The reality is that a bit of rain and wind just doesn't stop people coming to visit."

Other parts of the country have also benefited from Wellingtonians escaping in the search of sun.

Hawke's Bay Tourism general manager Annie Dundas said accommodation and activity providers had seen a marked increase in cliental from the capital.

"We have had, pretty much, record occupancy for January. I think that's a combination of a number of things but weather is a big contributor."


Wellington's weather is not expected to improve much either, with the same patterns expected to continue for the first two weeks of February.

The one faint glimmer of hope is Waitangi Weekend. Saturday is expected to be fine with a high of 21C and Sunday could get warmer still.

The region's luck fails on Monday with cloud, gale-force winds and drizzle developing in the evening.

The overall situation can be seen in these maps of ocean temperature anomalies - New Zealand being situated in a narrow cooler zone

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