Melbourne is overcast and windy today with an amazing record-breaking* temperature now ofIt is the hottest temperature I have ever experienced beating the 45.1oC temperature achieved at the end of January just a bit more than a week ago.
45.7 46.4oC or 114.26115.52oF for those of us still used to gauging temperatures in the old F scale where 'bloody hot' described temperatures above 100. The wind is coming from the west at 18 kph with gusts up to 45 kph. My backyard is a wind-driven oven. Plants are dead or dying everywhere. A cool change is forecast for tonight with some light rain tomorrow.
* As far As I can see it is the highest temperature (by
Update: It would be remiss of mine not to mention that many have experienced much more than discomfit from this heat. The high winds and ultra hot temperatures have destroyed homes and property in a number of areas around Victoria - there are six major fires. There has been a major fire in Gembrook forest too - one of my favouite nature reserves in Melbourne. In good news a volunteer firefighter has been charged with deliberately lighting fires over the past 8 months. He is entitled to the presumption of innocence but if he is found guilty should face a very lengthy jail sentence.
Update: The press on Sunday morning showed that my earlier Update did not capture the depth of the bushfire horror. Police fear 40 dead - 6 from a single family in the Kinglake area and hundreds of homes destroyed. the worst bushfire crisis in Victoria for 25 years. The picture: