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    Extreme heat strikes again
    Thursday, 2 February 2006

    Heatwave conditions were experienced throughout the Hunter Region, with Jerrys Plains recording a 24 hour maximum of 45.5C. This maximum was the highest daily Febraury maximum since records begun at Jerrys Plains in 1957 and is officially the highest February maximum ever recorded in the Hunter Region. Further more, it was only 0.1C below Jerrys Plains highest maximum ever of 45.6C which was set on Christmas day 1957.

    Singleton also recorded its highest February temperature while Cessnock (Nulkaba), Murrurundi and Scone recorded their highest temperatures since records begun for each station.

    Even though a large area of the Hunter experienced extreme temperatures, the maximum's were overall slightly lower then the extreme heat that was experienced on New Years Day. Jerrys Plains did not report a maximum temperature on New Years Day, however, Singleton recorded a maximum of 45.9C on that day. Singleton recorded a maximum of 44.5C today, exactly 1C lower then Jerrys Plains maximum.

    The weather conditions were sunny and dry throughout the day. The winds were light and variable throughout much of the Hunter. A southerly change that hit the region late afternoon/early evening dissipated the heat.

    Location Thursday
    2/2/2006
    Feb Record Date Recorded Overall Record Date Recorded Years of Data
    Berry Park (Morpeth) *       44.2 01/01/2006 11
    Cessnock (Nulkaba) 44.9 44.4 21/02/2004 44.4 21/02/2004 27
    Lostock Dam 42.0 42.5 21/02/2004 42.5 21/02/2004 33
    Jerrys Plains 45.5 45.3 9/02/1983 45.6 25/12/1957 44
    Maitland 42.0 44.5 21/02/2004 44.5 21/02/2004 8
    Murrurundi 40.7 40.6 10/02/1983 40.6 10/02/1983  
    Nobby's Signal Station 28.8 40.9 21/02/2004 42.0 23/12/1990 48
    Newcastle Uni 36.8 43.1 21/02/2004 43.2 01/01/2006 6
    Raymond Terrace * 41.3 44.0 21/02/2004 44.5 01/01/2006 8
    Scone** 43.5 43.2 21/02/2004 43.4 19/11/1968 41
    Singleton*** 44.5 43.5 21/02/2004 45.9 01/01/2006  
    Tocal ~ 44.6 21/02/2004 44.6 21/02/2004 31
    Williamtown 39.4 44.1 7/02/1964 44.4 01/01/2006 55

    * Not a Bureau of Meteorology station
    ** Records taken from Scone SCS and Scone Airport AWS.
    *** Records taken from Singleton Army, Singleton Water Board and Singleton STP.

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