After the hottest night in a few years, South Australia is in for a rude shock today as a blast furnace gets opened up over the entire State – baking most areas in more than 45ºc heat and potentially smashing several records!
Its been a very long time since we’ve seen a day like today across South Australia. Black Saturday comes to mind when you think of this kind of heat, and the 1939 heat storm which was the initiator of several records that still stand in South Australia today also comes to mind. A trough is expected to draw in very hot and dry North Westerly winds right across the entire State today leading to conditions that would basically resemble a blast furnace inferno being opened up.
While some people may think this is just Summer.. its far from it. Adelaide is expected to break its 1939 46.1ºc record today, and the 45.7ºc record at Kent Town is more likely than not to be broken. Other areas across Northern SA are heading into the high 40’s and likely to also smash records. Several towns like Tarcoola, Oodnadatta, Port Augusta, Wudinna, Moomba, Kyancutta are heading for at least 48ºc, with some potentially reaching 49ºc or I dare say the half century milestone. If there was ever a day for 50ºc to officially be recorded, then this could be the day – not because of the high end heating, but the widespread high end heating OVER weather stations!
An extreme fire danger rating is in place for the Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower South East, Lower Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island where the combination of 40-45ºc temperatures (some higher) will meet 50-70km/h (possibly stronger) later in the day as a change moves though. All districts apart from the North are under a total fire ban (and rightfully so!).