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Tibooburra named state’s hottest

Tuesday, 20th January, 2015

Eva Broad splashing in the rain outside Tibooburra. Residents of the tiny town had a good reason to welcome the recent rainfall. Eva Broad splashing in the rain outside Tibooburra. Residents of the tiny town had a good reason to welcome the recent rainfall.

New weather data suggests that Tibooburra residents had more reason than most to cele- brate when the heav- ens opened across NSW recently.

The Bureau of Meteorology yester- day released a report naming the town as the hottest place on aver- age in NSW in 2014.

Tibooburra’s aver- age temperature for the year was 22.3 degrees Celsius, meaning the residents sweltered through searing days and nights.

The title for the hottest night went to Broken Hill howev- er, when the mercu- ry only fell as low as 31.4C overnight on February 13.

Overall results for the state are worri- some, with 2014 listed as the hottest year on record for NSW.

Persistent high temperatures and numerous scorching heatwaves coupled with below average rainfall in some parts of the state made for a particularly tough year, especially for those on land.

Statewide average temperatures were 1.41C above the his- torical average, and slightly higher than the previous record set in 2009 (+1.37c).

Rainfall average across NSW during 2014 was 465.8mm, 16 per cent below the historical average and the driest year since 2006.

At the other end of the scale, the coldest day was recorded at Thredbo (-5.7c), while Perisher Valley shiv- ered through the cold- est night (-13c) during August.

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