April record broken

Maryborough has sweated through its hottest April day on record and joined the rest of the nation in recording summer-like temperatures during the first half of the month, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

According to the Bureau, it was 35.7 degrees in the Maryborough region on April 11, making it the hottest April day on record, surpassing the previous top of 34.3° set on April 3, 1986. Maryborough also recorded its highest minimum daily temperature in 37 years, with the mercury dropping to a low of 22° on April 12.

According to a special climate statement the Bureau released earlier this month, large parts of Australia also experienced “unprecedented” heat during the first 11 days of April.

So far this month in Mary- borough, the mercury has tipped above 30° on three days, 17 days have recorded above 24° and 22 days have recorded temperatures above the long-term monthly average of 20.9°. Just 6.4 millimetres of rain has also been recorded in the region so far this April, well below the long term monthly average of 39.1 mm.

According to the Bureau’s climate statement, on April 8, 98.9 percent of Australia recorded above the average maximum temperatures and on April 9, the nation’s average temperature was 34.97° — 0.65° above the previous record of 34.32° set on April 8, 2005.

For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, May 1.

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