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For winter it's as hot as hell

FEELING COOL: Taroom siblings Bae, 10, Yas, 20 months and Mia Lethbridge, 6, chilled out with the air con on during the recent heat wave, which saw records set for the hottest August day for Taroom when it hit 37 degrees.
FEELING COOL: Taroom siblings Bae, 10, Yas, 20 months and Mia Lethbridge, 6, chilled out with the air con on during the recent heat wave, which saw records set for the hottest August day for Taroom when it hit 37 degrees.

IN his typical country way, Taroom grazier Rob Lethbridge described the unusual record winter heatwave that hit the Callide and Dawson valleys over the weekend, with temperatures reaching a scorching 37 degrees in Taroom on Sunday.
"Bloody hot."

It set a new record for the hottest Taroom August day by more than two degrees, a feat only set the day before.

The heatwave started on Saturday, with temperatures getting into the early to mid-30s, with 34.7 in Taroom on Saturday.

That first day had broken Taroom's previous record of 32.8 on August 27, 1970, and things only got worse.

“It's been terribly bloody hot for this time of year,” Rob told Central Telegraph.

He said he had the air-conditioner switched on to cool he and his family on Sunday and Monday, with the temperature only dipping slightly to 36.1 on Monday.

“I don't know what the air-con is doing on at this time of year.

“We had ice cream for lunch,” Rob said.

Rob said the unexpected extreme heat had added to farmers' woes on top of the lack of rain - Taroom hasn't since a drop since late June - 62 days ago.

The grazier said he had a measly 13mm on June 27 - official records in Taroom showed 14.8mm.

Rob said the heat had all but wiped out any greenery left in his paddocks for his cattle.

The shocking heatwave hit all centres in the Callide, Dawson and Monto districts, smashing records.

Monto nudged its hottest August day on Saturday with 31.2 but smashed the old record of 31.7 from August 27, 1970, when it hit 35 on Sunday, before setting a new mark on Monday at 35.6.

Baralaba broke its record on Saturday when it registered 33.2 degrees, bettering the old mark of 33 from August 29, 1991.

That was again topped on Sunday (35.3) before cooling slightly on Monday to 33.8.

Theodore still hit the early 30s on Saturday (31.1, official figures from Brigalow Research Station) but set a new August record of 33.2 on Sunday; previously it was 32.5 (August 29, 1991).

Monday's temperature of 34.2 quickly eclipsed the record.

Thangool set a new record for the hottest August day only about a week after setting previous record maximums.

Saturday's 32.3 degrees beat the old top of 31.2 set on August 14, but that was soon assigned to the history books when Sunday peaked at 34 then Monday at 34.5.


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