An intense summer heatwave with temperatures in excess of 45°C in mainland Australia has spilled over to Tasmania, where Hobart has reported its all-time record hottest day in 132 years of climate data on January 4 (Australian time). Weather Channel Australia reports:
Hobart recorded it’s hottest day in 132 years of records just before 2pm today, with 41.3˚C. This broke the previous record of 40.8˚C recorded on January 4, 1976.
Overnight the temperature in Hobart remained above 25˚C, 13˚C above average and the warmest part of the state. The official low will be recorded as 23.6˚C from 9am yesterday, Hobart's highest January minimum on record.
The extreme heat is due to a northerly airstream from the mainland. The northerlies will strengthen today, causing severe to extreme fire dangers through eastern, central and northern Tasmania.