41 Degrees After Midnight: This Outpost Just Had Australia's Hottest Night Ever
You might think you had trouble getting to sleep last night. Well, just be grateful you weren't in Noona.
Noona isn't actually a town. It's a tiny rural NSW locality somewhere out between the black stump and woop woop, about 700 kilometres NW of Sydney and not too far from Cobar and Wilcannia.
But on Thursday night, Noona made it into the record books, after the Bureau of Meteorology weather station there recorded Australia's hottest ever minimum temperature of 35.9 degrees.
This broke the old record of 35.5 degrees held jointly by Arkaroola in SA and Wittenoom in WA.
If there was anybody in the Noona area last night, we doubt they would have gotten any sleep with a minimum temperature so high.
But it's worse than you think.
The official BoM minimum is actually the coolest temperature in the 24 hour period between 9 am and 9 am. As you can see on the hourly data here, that actually occurred at 7 am.
In the middle of the night at Noona, it was much, much hotter than that.
- At 9 pm, it was still 43 degrees
- At 10 pm, it was still 42.3
- At 11 pm, when you'd be thinking of hitting the hay, it was 41.2
- At midnight, there was still no major cool-off. 40.3 degrees
- And at 1 am, it had actually warmed up to be 41 degrees. Yes, it really was 41 degrees at 1 am. Ugh.
In most parts of the world, a daytime temperature of 35.9 degrees is a heatwave. In Noona, that temperature was a brief moment of respite from a much, much hotter night.
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For the record, the maximum temperature in Noona on Thursday was 48.1 degrees. Today, temperatures appear to have peaked no higher than a comparatively balmy 46.
Meanwhile, the heatwave that has afflicted much of eastern Australia will finally start to dissipate this weekend, with temperatures to slip down to the high 20s or low 30s in most places.
Are these extreme temperatures a climate change thing?
As Anita Pyne from the Bureau of Meteorology told 10 daily earlier this week, you cannot attribute a single event (like this week's heatwave) to climate change, but you can say that such events will "increase in frequency".