HEATWAVES like the one that struck the Callide, Dawson and Monto districts this week can often make people delirious, but Moura woman Bronwyn Quinn wasn’t, despite talking about the Wizard of Oz.
As temperatures scorched to 40 degrees in some parts, Bronwyn sought refuge in the coolest places she could find.
“All I can say is thank God for the coldroom at work and the air-con at home ... I am freaking melting like the wicked witch of the west at the moment,” Bronwyn said.
She works work at the Moura IGA Supermarket in the deli and made good use of the coldroom as it hit 40 on Wednesday.
Bronwyn was luckier than many blue collar workers that had to work outside, such as Banana Shire Council worker Lyal Dorwick.
The Wowan man spent his work working in the sweltering heat, but knows we can’t all work indoors.
Official Bureau of Meteorology figures show Taroom topped the area’s temperatures, hitting 41.5 on Wedensday, which followed Tuesday’s 41.2.
Baralaba was just behind with 41 on Wednesday while the Brigalow Research Station recorded 40.5.
Thangool nudged 40 with 39.6 on Wednesday and Monto sweated under 38.3.
Any benefits from the weekend’s storms would have quickly evaporated under the scorching sun.
In his November climate outlook, Professor Roger Stone has painted bleak picture for the coming summer.
Professor Stone warned the El Niño pattern is gaining momentum, and not likely to end until at least autumn next year.
“It is considered likely that the recent recurrent dust storm and bushfire activity is a symptom of this developing El Niño event,” Professor Stone said.
He said most international and Australian climate models shows El Niño strengthening as well.
“The SOI has recently passed into a ‘rapid fall’ pattern so that rainfall probability values for the November-January period (probability of getting above the long-term median) are down,” he said.
Rainfall probability maps show parts of the Banana Shire could have mixed fortunes.
While most of the shire has a 40-50% of exceeding average rainfall, The Theodore/Cracow area looks likely to have the best summer and have a 60-70% of exceeding average rainfall.
The Dululu-Wowan areas could fare the worse, with just a 2-30% chance of exceeding average rainfall.
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