Extreme Temperature Diary- December 14th, 2018/ Topic: Darwin Australia Suffers Through Hottest Night On Record

Friday December 14th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. 

Darwin Australia Suffers Through Hottest Night On Record

I did spy one historic “ET” this week  from overseas. Australia is entering their summer with a bang, or rather some very eye opening heat. A few weeks ago I noted a fierce heat wave in Queensland:


Now it is the Northern Territories turn to swelter noting this stat from the following short article:


Reprinting this:

Well, no surprises there because the Top End capital has just sweltered through its hottest ever night on record.

In a message on social media this morning the Bureau of Meteorology (Northern Territory) posted: “This will not be a false alarm. Since 9am Tues morning, the temperature at Darwin Airport has not dropped below 30C, breaking the previous record of 29.7C”.

MORE WEATHER: Cyclone Owen forms off NT coast in Gulf

The previous overnight minimum record of 29.7C was recorded on Tuesday morning so it’s been a sweltering two nights in a row for Darwin residents. 

A Bureau spokesman said they were not expecting much in the way of rain over Darwin for the next few days so, unfortunately, not much relief from the skies on the horizon.

Darwin’s new hot stat is interesting because that location has marine climatology being surrounded on three sides by the ocean:


A check of current sea surface temperatures reveals that the Pacific north of Darwin is quite toasty compared to long term averages:

What about any heat dome located over Australia on the 11th of December? Pivotal Weather shows this:

Hmm… Not so much. To the east of Darwin in the Gulf of Carpentaria there was  a weak cyclone, which may have been a warm factor, but this is very uncertain. This disturbance developed into Tropical Cyclone Owen, which is still swirling in the Gulf as of today:



In any case it appears that climate change is producing more odd and uncomfortable weather for the “Land Down Under.” I had to laugh out loud looking at this NT News image believing it was staged, but if the A.C. is out, I know people will do some strange things to get sleep.


(Image credit Northern Territory News). 


Here is some other weather and climate news from Friday:




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