Parndana, Kingscote break records for hottest November day

Hot, dry conditions on Kangaroo Island increase the chance of bushfire. File photo
Hot, dry conditions on Kangaroo Island increase the chance of bushfire. File photo

Both Parndana and Kingscote recorded their hottest November days yesterday, Wednesday, November 20.

Kangaroo Island also recorded it's first ever Catastrophic fire danger rating on that day, but fortunately no fires broke out.

Parndana recorded 40.6°C beating its previous November maximum temperature record of 36.4°C, while Kingscote recorded 41.0°C beating its previous record of 38.8°C.

Milder conditions on Thursday helped assist fire fighting efforts across South Australia.

Bureau of Meteorology a/Supervising Meteorologist, Paul Lainio, said while Severe Fire Weather was forecast for three districts this morning: Mount Lofty Ranges, Mid North and Riverland, it has eased during the day due to cooler temperatures, higher humidity and gradually decreasing winds.

"Cooler temperatures and fresh south-westerly winds of around 20-40km/h are forecast today over most of South Australia. The change will continue to move over the far north-east today."

This follows yesterday Catastrophic Fire conditions in seven districts - West Coast, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula and Flinders. Kangaroo Island was added to that list.

Localised damage due to strong wind gusts was reported at Penola around midnight. This was caused by a microburst from elevated showers.

"Outback motorists should take care as areas of raised dust are likely over parts of the north-east of South Australia. This is due to fresh to strong and gusty winds around the change" said Paul Lainio.

Raised dust was observed over the Riverland and North East Pastoral districts this morning as the change moved through.

"Smoke haze from fires on the Yorke Peninsula was observed over the Adelaide metropolitan area early this morning but it has now cleared the metropolitan area."

"Unfortunately, no significant rainfall accompanied today's change. "

"Yesterday's dry conditions followed South Australia's driest first nine months of the year on record," said Paul Lainio, "And October was also drier than average for the state."

"November average rainfall for Adelaide (West Terrace) is 30.7 mm and the median is 24.0 mm. Adelaide (West Terrace) has recorded 22.0 mm so far this month. "

"And unfortunately the outlook for rainfall is not looking great. The Climate Outlook for November to January suggests drier and warmer than average conditions," said Paul Lainio.

A list of locations that broke November maximum heat records include:-

  • Hindmarsh Is 41.8°C beaten November record of 40.1°C
  • Parndana 40.6°C beaten November record of 36.4°C
  • Murray Bridge Airport 45.3°C beaten November record of 43.3°C
  • Kingscote 41.0°C beaten November record 38.8°C
  • Nullarbor 46.6°C beaten November record 45.3°C
  • Lameroo 44.0 ° beaten November record 42.5°C
  • Keith 44.3° beaten November record 41.9°C
  • Padthaway Sth 40.7°C beaten November record 38.7°C

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