Expats swelter under baking-hot Aussie sun

18:22, Jan 07 2013

Air-conditioning units are getting a workout as former South Canterbury residents swelter under Australia's heat.

Temperatures have exceeded 39 degrees Celsius in some parts of Australia, including New South Wales where the mercury is expected to exceed 40C later in the week.

Timaru Herald Facebook subscribers sweltering under Australia's heatwave this week have shared their advice for keeping cool, with many opting to stay close to an air-conditioning unit.

Shaun Wooffindin, who is in Queensland, said sitting in an air-conditioned tractor cab was "not a bad place to be".

Jacinda Harris said she was "melting in the Adelaide heat".

"Gonna be a looooong [sic] summer," she said.


Diana Alida Kisi said she was keeping cool by wearing a thick wet T-shirt during the day and sleeping under a damp top sheet, or damp towel at night.

Hot weather conditions last week have also been blamed for a spate of fires across Hobart.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday that over the past five days the national daily average temperature was 39.21C on January 2; 39.55C on January 3; 39.32C on January 4; 39.26C on January 5; and 39.71C on January 6.

Some towns in the state's south broke heat records on Saturday, but were still some way off the NSW record of 49.7C at Menindee on January 10, 1939.

Narrandera hit 45.3C, breaking its January 1973 record of 44.8C. Albury peaked at 43.4C, breaking its January 2009 record of 43C. Tumbarumba's maximum temperature was 40C, breaking its January 2009 record of 39.8C.

Timaru basked under New Zealand's hottest day of the year in 2011 with a scorching 41.3C on February 6. It was the highest temperature for the area since records began in 1885.

The Timaru Herald