41.3 degrees C sets record for hottest October day
IT WAS the hottest October day in history for Ipswich yesterday as the mercury soared to 41.3 degrees.
Amberley hit the record temperature at 2.25pm, the highest for the month since the station started reporting in 1941.
The temperature nudged out a record high set on October 30, 1958, of 41.1 degrees.
But it was hotter at Gatton which also broke their October record of 41 degrees set in 2002, reaching 41.6 degrees yesterday.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said west-north westerly winds brought the inland hot air to the south east ahead of a trough to create the blistering heat.
However with the dry heat, humidity levels were low, providing some relief in cool breezes.
There were a number of records set across the Darling Downs and parts of central, the southern interior and western Queensland well into the 40s yesterday.
In Ipswich afternoon thunderstorms brought some relief from the heat but only delivered 1.8mm.
A lightning strike started a grass fire at Lockyer Waters adding to the workload for rural fire crews who were already fighting grass fires at Ingoldsby, near Laidley, since late Sunday afternoon.
Unless you were working in the cold rooms at Brassall Butchery at 3.5 degrees or better still at Churchill's Polar Ice shovelling ice in the minus 18 degree cold rooms, it was tough work to beat the heat.
Polar Ice owner Jack Berry said it was one of the delights of the job as the heat set in.
"Our receptionist is wearing a jumper," he said.
"We do go from one extreme to another in this heat though. We go from putting the jackets on for the cold room to moving ice for transport out in the heat."
Claypave Dinmore was considering stopping production yesterday morning on news of the forecasted record temperature for Ipswich.
Production manager Laurie Devereaux said the company was considering stopping production at 10am before the hottest part of the day set in but decided to work the full shift.
Mr Devereaux said production workers on the setting belt were taking an hourly break.
"The machine dictates how quickly the guys are working. So every hour the guys will stop to have a drink in these hot conditions," he said.
"It hasn't been too bad because it is a dry heat. We've been getting the cool breezes through, but in late November, January when you get the storms coming through it can get to 80, 90 per cent humidity."
Production workers at Claypave do an early shift from 5am to 1.30pm to escape the heat.
Temperatures in Ipswich are forecast to drop dramatically from today back to a maximum of 35 degrees with a possible storm and even lower to 32 degrees on Wednesday and 31 degrees on Thursday.