You’d think we’d never had a heatwave before…

Safe CO2 heatwave…

Safe CO2 heatwave… (source)

The ABC is acting as the taxpayer-funded PR agent for the privately-funded Climate Council, which itself is behaving as if it had never seen a heatwave before:

Heatwaves in Australia are becoming more frequent, hotter and are lasting longer because of climate change, a report released today by the Climate Council says.

The interim findings of the report, titled Australian Heatwaves: Hotter, Longer, Earlier and More Often, come as southern Australia swelters through a heatwave, with the temperature in Adelaide today forecast to hit 46 degrees Celsius.

The report says heat records are now happening three times more often than cold records, and that the number of hot days across Australia has “more than doubled”.

It says the duration and frequency of heatwaves increased between 1971 and 2008, and the hottest days have become hotter.

And it predicts that future heatwaves will last up to three days longer on average, they will happen more often, and the highest temperatures will rise further.

“It is clear that climate change is making heatwaves more frequent and severe,” report co-author Professor Will Steffen said in a statement.

“Heatwaves have become hotter and longer and they are starting earlier in the season.”

After notching up two consecutive days over 40C, Melbourne is on track to record its second-longest heatwave since records began in the 1830s.


The longest heatwave in Melbourne was in 1908, when there were five consecutive days over 40C.

When CO2 was under 300ppm, well below the ‘safe’ 350ppm. Shurely shome mishtake?

Despite the IPCC and many other climate scientists refusing to link ‘extreme weather’ to climate change, the Climate Council and the ABC are quite happy to do so as part of a co-ordinated scare campaign:

Professor Steffen says the extreme weather patterns can be attributed to climate change, with the continued burning of fossil fuels trapping more heat in the lower atmosphere.

Professor Steffen says large population centres of south-east Australia stand out as being “at increased risk from many extreme weather events, including heatwaves”.

“The current heatwave follows on from a year of extreme heat, the hottest summer on record and the hottest year on record,” he said. (source)

But where’s the warming, Willy? Global temperatures have barely risen for over a decade. Whilst Australia is experiencing a heatwave, the US is freezing. Oh wait, that’s climate change too. Everything’s climate change.

All of the above is ably abetted, naturally, by the Bureau of Meteorology, which suddenly finds it an appropriate time to announce that it has introduced a definition of “heatwave”. Which begs the question, in a country which has been ravaged by heat waves since the dawn of time, why has it taken until now to define what one actually is? I’m surprised that the Bureau stopped at ‘severe’ in their heatwave categories, and didn’t jump the shark with ‘catastrophic’ (like the bush fires), or even ‘calamitous’, ‘apocalyptic’ or ‘cataclysmic’! My own suggestion would be ‘OMG we’re all gonna fry’…

Once again, the ABC dutifully does the Bureau’s PR work here.


  1. Wow … heatwaves in Australia during summer are hot.

    Who knew?

  2. One way to get more heatwaves is to change the definition of a heatwave. In my youth in Perth a heatwave was 5 consecutive days with the maximum temperature above 100 degrees F. Now it is 5 days over 35 degrees C, but the old definition is still applied to the heatwaves before the change to metrics (early 1970’s). But we still haven’t beaten Perth’s old record of 12 days running over 100 or even a 12 day heatwave under the new definition!

  3. “Australian Heatwaves: Hotter, Longer, Earlier and More Often”. It is getting more and more frantic. A screaming tantrum. Maybe they will end up passing out or throwing up? Nah – that only happens with kids, and (a bonus) sometimes simultaneously.

  4. Ron Wilmshurst says:

    Here in Adelaide the MSM are claiming that the record high temperature for Adelaide is 46.1C. They forget that on 12 January 1939 we had 117.7F which is 47.6C. This is well documented, and wrinklies like me remember it well!

  5. I would like to offer up “Thermogeddon” as a new bushfire alert level

  6. My dad recalls the 1939 bushfires in melbourne where it was seriously hot.

    I recall back in the 1980s a 2 week heatwave of > 35 C , sometimes 40 C

    Odd how they refer between 1971 and 2008, but not further back. Convenient.

    This is what happens when you *deliberately* dumb down the education system, train people to think in bite size info ( that doesnt include long term data ) , and then bombard the poorly educated, attention-span-of-gnats population with very slick propaganda – healthy propagation of lies.


    • @Steve:
      “This is what happens when you *deliberately* dumb down the education system … “.
      Yep. and guess whose names pop up when you look at membership of curriculum committees: Steffen, Caroly, England ….
      And up here at 19°S it’s been 25 to 33°C, currently 30°C and 51% RH 200m back from the beach.
      That’s balmy – no wonder I managed to get a few jobs done outside today.
      No that’s interesting … CO2 is around 405ppm and rising. Airflow is off the Pacific. Sorry guys, there ain’t no coal-fired anything out there, no bushfires on Maggie Island, and the RAAF aren’t bombing Rattlesnake Island. And the sun hasn’t set yet. Maybe the mangroves and coastal vegetation start turning off early, or it’s carbon pipe out-gassing. And it’s not me. I’m downwind of the thing.

  7. Brad Fitzpatrick says:

    The world record for the longest sequence of days above 100°Fahrenheit (or 37.8° on the Celsius scale) is held by Marble Bar in the inland Pilbara district of Western Australia. The temperature, measured under standard exposure conditions, reached or exceeded the century mark every day from 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924, a total of 160 days. Many days through December and January reached or exceeded 45C.

  8. Old Ranga says:

    All that spruiking is just marketing – the result of desperation as they watch the donations dry up. Must be tough since Tony told them to get their mitts out of the taxpayers’ lolly jar.

  9. Us oldies with a memory or even some youngsters with a history book can easily see the truth so why does the media help push this barrow along ?. I cannot see what the media can gain if the reporter does not research their story. What does a reporter think when he reads inner Sydney 29C and 20 klm’s away Penrith 37C at the same time,gee that must be climate change. Could not be the direction of the wind or because one is on the side of a mountain range.???

  10. David Farrington says:

    Now I am 54 and lived in Warrandyte in the 60’s and summer was hot and long. I remember swimming in the Yarra in very hot Novembers and late March and even April and I can tell you, we had 117 and 119 because the school would not let us out, or as was normal over 110, they would not let us go home. Now I also can not recall Rosmary Margin ever telling us on the 9 News with Eric Pierce, in a bikini, that tomorrows weather was going to be 104.6 degrees, it was 104 or 105 and at best dear old 3XY might say, 109 getting close to 110. Now all we get is it 41.2 and if it goes up to 41.3 it will be the hottest day in history plus don’t the knobs realise, no point telling us Melbourne or Adelaide city is now the hottest place on earth and having record heat, with the 1956 record being beaten, the heat is radiant heat and effected by the cement, glass. The city gets hotter and stays hotter and it gets colder too. Back in 1956, there were no where near as many buildings and the height was max 8 levels. The wind is going to be hotter as it sweeps around but now its built, these prats better find something else to tell us because its going to stablise again. These are not real records or records being broken.

  11. Originally posted at the THE HOCKEY SCHTICK on why the heat wave in Australia ATM.

    Turns out the Cyclone off WA is the main cause.

  12. mackattack says:

    Can’t even enjoy a nice warm summers day in Glenelg without some bedwetter with a lip stud on channel 7 winging that it’s all our fault.

  13. This is a heatwave! January 1896:
    The following appeared in a recent English paper:—The long spell of heat which passed over the whole of Australia during January, was the most severe and disastrous weather affliction ever experienced in that sun-baked continent. Men, animals, and vegetation alike withered and died under the scorching rays combined with the dust-laden furnace blasts of the northern hot winds. At Adelaide the glass shewed 172 in the sun and 111 in the shade. Other record shade temperatures were: Melbourne 112, Hopetoun 113, Swan Hill 116, Bourke 118, Mildura 120. At Bourke, New South Wales, a town of 3000 inhabitants, 35 deaths occurred in a week from sunstroke or heat apoplexy. People dropped down in the street, and died without regaining consciousness.

  14. I grew up in Horsham in Victoria, then after my marriage lived in Barmera in SA. Both places regularly had temps. around or above 115 F. As kids, the best place to be was on the back lawn with the sprinkler on. We didn’t have air-cond. at either place & only a couple of fans, but we survived amazingly well. Are people becoming too soft with all the mod. cons.?

  15. This is their whole plan, get the CAGW true believers to just keep saying these lies, that is all that they have left, lies after lies after lies.

  16. Hell its a record! We have had 7 days over 40 already this year in Melbourne beating the previous record of 6 days over 40 in a calendar year and there is still the rest of February and next December to come..

    It’s a record I wish we hadn’t broken due to the suffering of us Melbournians and the prevalence of fiery destruction..

    We are now breaking records at a record rate.

    Currently we are breaking records for an average of 5 days a year compared to the long term average of about 2 to 3 days for the period 1856-1990. Time to move to Tasmania!

    Eloi- 1896 was a bad year for the times they has 2 days over 40 in Melbourne with the highest being 42.2 degrees on the 23rd of Jan after 40.5 degrees on the 12th of Jan of that year. Would have been awful without the modern conveniences of aircon etc. but thankfully no runs of 4 consecutive days over 40 degrees at that time or 7 days in January and early February alone..

    Meg Em – Horsham averaged about 2 days above 40 degrees from the mid 60s to the end of the 90s. In the last 5 years of data (up till 2012) it has been averaging about 4 to 5 days. This from the temperature data from the Horsham-Polkemmet station which has been operating from 1957-2012.

  17. David Farrington- Do you remember the Feb 2009 heatwave?. Most of Victoria had record heat including Aireys Inlet, Ouyen etc. which are not known for their high rise buildings.

    The temperature record from Point Hicks Light House is another example. It has had 3 days over 40 degrees in the 42 years from 1966 to 2008. in the 4 years from 2009 until yesterday (41 degrees) it has had 5 days over 40 degrees. I agree that the Point Hicks light house is definitely high rise but the urban density is low except for the occasional sheep.


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