1896 – Killed By Bad Thermometers

Afternoon temperatures at Bourke, NSW averaged 110F during January 1896, but were thirteen degrees cooler this year.

January 1896 Heatwave In Australia

The condition of Brewarrina is hardly better than that of Bourke. Yesterday’s record was 117. On Wednesday night many of the residents walked the streets for hours, the thermometer at midnight registered 109, and the minimum reading was 103. Sickness is alarmingly prevalent. Bingara was yesterday visited by a terrific thunderstorm. Typhoid is prevalent in this district. Burraga yesterday registered 100 ; Cobar, 119, with two deaths registered. Goulburn, 104, with five deaths ; Grafton, 100 ; Gundagai, 108 ; Harden, 103; Moree, 109 ; Tamworth, 101. Wagga, 110 ; West Wyalong, 114 ; Young, 108.

 

23 Jan 1896 – THE HEAT WAVE. – Trove

ABC News and the Bureau of Meteorology say 435 people died in the 1896 heatwave, but this was caused by bad thermometers.

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March 21, 2021 at 10:19AM

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