Coldest on record for Northern Territory Australia

Parts of the Northern Territory have experienced new record lows for April in several places.

At 6:00am the temperature at Middle Point, 66 kilometres south-west of Darwin, was down to 13.1 Celsius, making it the coldest April temperature ever recorded at the site.

The temperature in Alice Springs was a chilly 1.7C overnight, making it fractionally above its coldest-ever recorded April temperature of 1.4C.

Bureau of Meteorology acting senior forecaster Billy Lynch said he expected April records in several parts of the Top End overnight.

Thanks to Zoltan Galambos in Australia for this link

Love reading your blog. Shame the mainstream media don’t keep track as well as you do.

12 thoughts on “Coldest on record for Northern Territory Australia”

  1. oh our media downunder DO see the reports..they just refuse to air or print those that upset their owners agenda
    for ABC..well our TAXpayer funded MISinfo service is famous for its biased reportage.
    thats why I make sure to send the items here and elsewhere that DO cover it, to all my friends:-)

  2. Hmmm… since most of Australia’s Northern Territory lies north of the Tropic of Capricorn, that makes it fall within the tropical zone of the planet. These low temperatures are perhaps foreshadowing some chilling prospects?

    • I can tell you that low overnight temperatures in the tropical desert areas of Australia are nothing new.

      I arrived in Alice Springs in December 1977 for a temporary position in the Health Department. I found the sight of air conditioners and radiant bar heaters mounted on the walls of the living quarters slightly bizarre – it was over 40 during the day in December.

      But the reason for heaters becomes obvious during winter when like most “desert” locations remote from water bodies the temperature drops significantly at night.

      I lived in Mackay on Queensland’s east coast at ~21 degrees south in 1984 to 1986. Winter – perhaps 5 weeks – minimums were regularly single figures – Celsius not Fahrenheit thankfully.

      I also lived in Weipa in 1982/83 on Queensland’s west coast at ~12 degrees south – it almost never got cold there – I don’t recall a single figure minimum temperature in Weipa.

      I attended a training course in “mid winter” in Townsville at ~19.5 degrees south and the locals were wearing warm clothing such as I hadn’t worn for years.

      I wouldn’t read too much into cool temperatures in tropical Australia -only the southern states or mountain regions ever approach the temperatures and climate for deposition of snow for example.

  3. One night when I was working in Darwin in June 1992, the temperature dropped below 20 deg C. Next morning the locals were all complaining that their cars wouldn’t start because of the cold temperatures. With 13.1 Deg C only 60 Kilometers away I guess the local Darwinians must now be getting very skeptical about global warming/climate change.

    • It is amazing how distance from large water bodies affects local temperatures.

      Brisbane’s minimums are always significantly higher than Ipswich’s and the maximums are always significantly lower.

      Ipswich is no more than about 45 kilometres from the coast and urban sprawl has been filling in any remaining green belts.

      The Sun and water control climate – one is the only energy source the other is the only “radiation trap” – albeit only temporary until condensing and raining back to the surface.

  4. “The temperature in Alice Springs was a chilly 1.7C overnight, making it fractionally above its coldest-ever recorded April temperature of 1.4C.”

    Tenths of a degree Celsius, eh? Since “the civilized world” uses ten-base metric for all things, including temperatures, and only recognize full degree variations in their daily lives/forecasts, I find it ironic that official measurements use tenths of a degree to emphasize records. Here in the dodgy, old-fashioned U.S. we just use the Fahrenheit scale.

    I love the hypocrisy, especially since global temperatures have gone up just 1.59° FAHRENHEIT in 136 years of recorded measurements. No one anywhere can say they can “feel” it’s getting warmer, no one.

    Mark Twain famously said, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics” and interestingly enough, sometimes all three are wrapped up in the same exact thing – like climate change.

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