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Ten days above 100°F

Friday, 4th January, 2019

Aruma Lodge residents Yvonne Darling and Bill Allen cooling off with an ice cream in the hot afternoon. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Aruma Lodge residents Yvonne Darling and Bill Allen cooling off with an ice cream in the hot afternoon. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Broken Hill has had maximum temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 days straight. 

Although the city hasn’t reached its highest recorded temperature of 45.3 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on January 14, 2001, there has been a steady string of high temperatures in this heatwave. 

It began on Christmas Day with 38.9, according to Weather Zone, or 102 degrees Fahrenheit, and it only went up from there.

On Boxing Day it hit 41.4 (106.5°F) and Thursday, December 27, was 42.6 (108.6°F). 

The hottest day of the heatwave was Friday, December 28 when the temperature climbed to 43.4 (109.9°F). It lowered slightly to 42.4 (103.3°F) on Saturday and was 42.6 on Sunday. The last day of 2018 was 39.4 (102.9°F). 

The New Year began with 38.7 (101.6°F) and Wednesday, January 2 the max was 40.5 (104.9°F). 

At 4pm yesterday afternoon the top recorded temperature was 40.8 (105.4°F).

Today, it is expected to reach the highest so far this summer, a sweltering 44 degrees Celsius, before dropping back to mid-thirties for the weekend. 

In the heat of summer, Broken Hill residents have used an average of 20.4 megalitres per day, according to Essential Water’s Head of Water Operations, John Coffey. 

From December 1 to January 2, Broken Hill used an average of 16.3 megalitres per day of treated water and 4.1 megalitres of untreated water. 

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