Heatwave Alert: Australia Is Heading Into A Summer Inferno

Heatwave Alert: Australia Is Heading Into A Summer Inferno

The Australia Bureau of Meteorology has released a new heat map showing Australia’s expected temperature forecast for November-January. In news that is sure to confound climate change sceptics, we are about to endure one of the hottest summers on record. Again.

The map above predicts the fiery temperatures Aussies will be facing this summer, based on dynamical physics-based climate modelling from the Bureau of Meteorology’s supercomputer. Red indicates an 80 per cent likelihood of temperatures exceeding that area’s current median. In other words, it’s going to be bloody hot.

Again, this map is charting the median temperature through to January 2019. That means there’s going to be fewer unseasonably cool days to provide a respite from the constant warmth.

“November to January days are very likely to be warmer than average for most of Australia. Nights are also likely to be warmer than average, except for areas surrounding the Great Australian Bight,” the BoM website explains.

If the forecast holds true, there will be a low chance of recovery for drought-affected areas of eastern Australia. There will also be an increased risk of heatwaves in the south and bushfires in the east. Scary stuff.

Here are some tips to help you get safely through the summer.

  • Avoid exposure: stay out of the sun and close blinds and curtains to shade rooms.
  • Avoid strenuous activity: especially outdoors.
  • Keep drinking water: By the time you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrating so drink often to avoid thirst.
  • Use air-conditioning: If none are available, try using fans and wetting the skin with moist towels to stay cool.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing and have a cool shower or tepid bath for babies and children
  • Ensure outside pets have access to shade and plenty of water

For more information and forecast maps, head to the BoM website.

Heatwave: How To Cope With Australia's Extreme Summer Temperatures

The weather's getting warmer across much of Australia, and there's no immediate change in sight. Ensure you stay cool with our comprehensive roundup of heat-beating tips, covering everything from how to use air conditioning more effectively to what to cook that won't overheat you and how to make the most of your beach time.

Read more

[Via Business Insider]

This story has been updated since its original publication.


  • Last couple of days been nice over here in the west. And winter’s been a bitch so whilst I don’t like the idea of drought/fires over east I say “bring the noise”.

  • I hate the summer heat, it knocks me for six. I love the cold, bring that on, but the heat I can’t stand. I guess I’m living in the wrong country.

    At least in winter you can keep adding layers of clothes to get warm, if you need to. In summer there’s only so many layers of clothes you can take off and chances are you’ll still be uncomfortable.

  • But Andrew Bolt told me about 10 years ago Global Warming wasn’t happening, it wasn’t real and in any case, had stopped and the globe was now cooling. Something doesn’t add up here and the decade of warming since. Very odd indeed.

    • Ignorance is an art form and Bolt is very good at it. Global warming is here, you can see it and feel it. It is going to be a lot worse than you can imagine.

      • I’d love to know if people like him really believe their nonsense.
        A few years back I read about people who were the “experts” who disagreed with smoking causing cancer. Where decades later some of them admitted they knew it caused cancer, but for ideological reasons disagreed with the notion the US government should tell people what they should or shouldn’t do.
        I have to wonder if there’s some version of that with people like Bolt. Some underlying ideological view against the mechanisms of acting to limit climate change. Or some sense of, someone needs to be a voice of descent, is he paid to have that opinion, or is he really ignorant?
        It’s like someone standing on the Titanic, claiming it’s not sinking. Saying the oceans getting higher, the boat will float higher again, the boat really always had fewer levels and so hadn’t partially submerged, it’s normal to have your ankles wet ect. Don’t people like him get tired of always being wrong?

        • Ever hear of the Heartland Institute? They were hired by Philip Morris (the cigarette company) to promote the idea that smoking was not a health hazard but the opposite. They said it improved your health. I’m pretty sure that this wasn’t for ideological reasons. When the fossil fuel industries researchers found that greenhouse gases such as CO2, caused by burning fossil fuels, were causing the dangerous heating of the Earth they looked around for someone to throw doubt on the very existence of climate change. They found the Heartland Institute and others like it who were always looking for a nice fat paycheck.
          In 1824, Joseph Fourier discovered the Greenhouse Effect which was that Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere allowed light and heat from the sun to enter the atmosphere, hit the surface and the light would be reflected back into space. However infrared radiation (heat) would be absorbed by the GHGs and add to the warmth of the planet. The more GHGs, the more warmth. The world is now emitting over 30 billion tons of GHGs each and every year. Heartland Institute and other similar “think-tanks” have persuaded many people that the climate scientists who’ve spent their lives studying how climate works, are scam artists pretending there is a problem when everything is fine. Like those doctors who were “scaring” people with talk about lung cancer. Everyone “knew that people have always died from lung cancer” so how could smoking cause it? Same with climate change, they said and so have the politicians who accept campaign donations from fossil fuel companies, and the media who are owned by them and their friends. Now everyone is sure it’s all a trick. It’s not a trick. People are losing their businesses, homes, families and hope for the future. Croplands are being destroyed by droughts, fires and floods. The plants that provide our oxygen are being destroyed as fast as possible. Species of every type are rapidly becoming extinct. Intelligence Agencies around the world know that climate change is our worst enemy. Millions have already been forced to move off their lands because they can no longer grow enough to survive. How long before wars start over livable land?

  • Not our problem. 98% of the cattle grown in Oz is for export. If the farmers want to rape the land with 200 million head of cattle for their profit, only to feed the rest of the world, then they are the cause.

    Of course we will suffer, but the fact remains.

    Beef eating Australians can also consider themselves part of the problem and should feel very guilty !

    • > 98% of the cattle grown in Oz is for export.
      > Beef eating Australians can also consider themselves part of the problem and should feel very guilty !
      I don’t know. By your numbers, they should probably feel happy that they’re an almost insignificantly small part of the problem, and should feel free to continue on in their carnivorous ways.

  • The intense red doesn’t mean intensity of heat, it means probability that it will be hotter than average. So that’s not showing “an inferno” it’s showing “high chance of a hotter than average summer”. You would expect roughly half of all summers to be hotter than average, so, really all this is saying is “it won’t be one of the cooler summers”. It’s not sensational news, and the headline is misleading and is making commenters misinterpret the redness of the map.

    (To be clear: I think climate change is real and caused by humans. I’m not arguing that temperatures aren’t rising. It’s because I care about science that I’m annoyed about how this has been framed.)

  • Infograpics like this are an opportunity for critics to have a voice. One cool day all summer and the likes of Bolt will be telling everyone how ridiculous climate change is.

    BOM told me where I live had an 80% chance of rain the other day. It didn’t rain so therefore I’ve concluded that rain is a myth!!!

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!