2013 was the hottest year on record in Australia and now the heat wave sweeping through the South-East is causing sizzling temperatures in 2014.
2013 was a year of high temperatures and record breaking heat for Australia. Now the heat has carried through to the new year and it is becoming even harder to stay cool. As you can see from the graphic above (2nd image) the temperatures were certainly way above average in 2013.
Check out the facts below about the soaring temperatures in 2013 (thanks to the Bureau of Meteorology)
5 Hot facts
1. 2013 was Australia’s warmest year since 1910
2. Australians experienced the hottest day, week and month in January of last year.
3. Summer and Spring in 2013 were the warmest on record.
4. Temperatures more than 10 °C above average were recorded across extensive areas of Australia in early 2013.
5. 7 January 2013 was the warmest day on national record with a national average of 40.3°.
Now this weekend is shaping up to be frighteningly warm with temperatures in Brisbane predicted to reach 41°C on Saturday. At times of extreme heat everyone is encouraged to keep their health and well being at the forefront of their minds.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has encouraged Queenslanders to keep hydrated over the weekend.
‘‘It is important to drink plenty of fluids and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.’’
Mr Spirngborg also wants everyone to be mindful of others and demonstrate common sense despite the heat.
‘‘Some people are more prone to heat-related illness including the elderly, infants, overweight and obese people, pregnant and breastfeeding women and people with pre-existing health conditions. I would urge everyone to check in on family, friends and neighbours who may be more prone to heat-related illness to make sure they are okay.”
QAS Acting Commissioner David Eeles predicted paramedics would be kept busy over the next few days..
“Last summer, paramedics responded to approximately 355 cases across the state where people had suffered heat-related illness, equating to an average of four patients per day,” Mr Eeles said.
If someone is affected by the heat they need to be cooled down immediately, us cool non-alcoholic fluids and call 000 if you suspect the victim may be suffering from heat stroke.
Do you think the rise in temperature is due to Global Warming or is it a natural cycle?