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    Temperatures soar into the 40's
    Thursday, 2 December 2004

    Temperatures across the Hunter hit well into the 40's in the last 2 days with the highest temperature of 44.8C recorded at Singleton yesterday afternoon (1/12). This temperature broke Singleton's previous December record of 44.0C. Temperatures on Tuesday (30/11) were above 40 C in most parts of the Hunter, including the western parts of Newcastle. These temperatures were the highest temperatures recorded for November since 1997. Tuesday night saw an incredible fluctuation of cool and hot air with extreme temperatures recorded well after dark. Paterson (Tocal) recorded temperatures of above 35C after mid night. At 11pm (EDST), Tocal was the second hottest station in Australia after Birdsville, Queensland.

    Because of the hot night on Tuesday, Wednesday morning (1/12) warmed very quickly with 9am temperatures across the region already in the mid to high 30's. Fresh to strong WNW winds set in and temperatures rose steadily through the morning and afternoon with maximum temperatures reaching 40 - 43C at most locations across the Hunter. Wind gusts peaked in the lower Hunter around 70 km/h from the WNW around midday.

    A southerly buster reached the lower Hunter at around 6pm. Strong winds with gusts close to 90 km/h along the coastline brought down small tress and caused minor damages in some areas. The southerly buster caused a rapid drop in temperature and by 7pm the temperatures across the lower Hunter were below 25C.

    The heat was caused by an extensive heat low that originated from north-west Australia. The atmosphere was marked with hot air and combined with a WNW wind, the temperatures rose substantially.

    Max Temperatures across the Hunter for the past 2 days

    Station

    Tuesday, 30 November 2004 Wednesday, 1 December 2004
    Maximum Minimum* Maximum Minimum*
    Cessnock (Nulkaba)43.0 18.543.025.5
    Forster35.019.3 43.022.2
    Gosford41.817.4 42.118.9
    Jerrys Plains44.217.9 43.524.4
    Lostock Dam40.0 17.339.8 24.3
    Maitland42.619.2 42.223.0
    Morpeth (Berry Park)42.6 18.842.025.1
    Murrurundi37.517.5 37.521.0
    Nelson Bay33.519.5 38.322.5
    Newcastle University41.2  40.825.3
    Nobbys Head   40.0 
    Norah Head36.619.3 40.320.7
    Nullo Mountain32.518.2 31.222.9
    Paterson (Tocal)42.018.7 42.024.9
    Scone41.418.4 41.727.8
    Singleton44.117.7 44.825.0
    Williamtown42.119.0 41.824.1
    *Minimum recorded in 24 hour period from 9am previous day.
    Units in degrees celsius (C). Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology except for Morpeth (Berry Park), which is a private station.

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