Those who spent any time in northern Victoria in January would have known how hot it was, and the Bureau of Meteorology’s figures back this up with five of the top nine temperatures recorded in Victoria in January in towns from the north-east.
Kerang (hottest in Victoria), Kyabram (third hottest), Echuca (fourth hottest), Mangalore (eighth hottest) and Shepparton (ninth hottest) all recorded their highest ever January temperatures as the mercury peaked in Victoria at 47.6°C in Kerang on January 25.
The other four towns’ record temperatures also were broken on the last Friday in January, with their previous records much more recent than Kerang’s.
While Kerang’s previous record was set on January 10, 1939, Kyabram’s 47.1°C and Echuca’s 46.9°C knocked off records from January 13, 2016.
Mangalore and Shepparton also shared their previous hottest January day (January 31, 2009) as they reached tops of 46.3°C and 46.2°C respectively.
Not only were record temperatures reached, several towns on either side of the Victoria/NSW border had 10 or more days of 40°C or warmer.
Deniliquin (12) topped the list, closely followed by Tocumwal (11), Yarrawonga (11), Kerang (10) and Echuca (10), while Shepparton recorded eight days of 40°C or above.
The extreme heat was accompanied by dry conditions with January rainfall 58 per cent below the average in NSW and 72 per cent below Victoria’s average.
It was not just NSW and Victoria that witnessed this trend, with the BoM stating it was the warmest January on record for the country as a whole.
Record January temperatures:
■Kerang — 47.6°C recorded on January 25. Previous record of 46.1 was set on January 10, 1939.
■Kyabram — 47.1 recorded on January 25. Previous record of 44.8 was set on January 13, 2016.
■Echuca — 46.9 recorded on January 25. Previous record of 45.6 was set on January 13, 2016.
■Mangalore — 46.3 recorded on January 25. Previous record of 44.6 was set on January 31, 2009.
■Shepparton — 46.2 recorded on January 25. Previous record of 44.3 was set on January 31, 2009.