August 30: hottest August day on record in SA eclipses 96-year record, creates havoc with strong winds and emergency callouts
Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007
Soaring temperatures and strong winds caused chaos across South Australia on 30 August – the hottest August day on record, reported The Advertiser (31/8/2007, p. 9).
110 emergency callouts, 17 blackouts, crops destroyed: The winter heatwave pushed temperatures into the 30s at six locations, including Adelaide, the newspaper said. Strong winds, which averaged 50km/h in some areas, destroyed farmers’ hopes of a good crop this season. Adelaide’s top of 30.4C at 1.30pm was the hottest August maximum on record and eclipsed the previous maximum in 1911 of 29.1C. The hottest temperature in South Australia was 33.6C, at Cenduna, where winds averaged 54km/h. The strongest gust of 93km/h was recorded at Cleve on the Eyre Peninsula. In Adelaide, State Emergency Service volunteers were called to more than 110 jobs between 2pm and 7pm last night. Meanwhile, ETSA crews were called to 17 blackouts in the same period, most of which affected between 20 and 50 homes.
The Advertiser, 31/8/2007, p. 9