The hottest day that never was

NEW Norfolk sweated it out with a maximum temperature of 40.9 degrees today. This was probably the town’s hottest day ever, but it will never be recorded as there are no official weather observations taken in the town.

At the same time as New Norfolk was peaking at 40.9 degrees at 3pm (in the shade at NNNewsCentral) official Bureau of Meteorology observations at Bushy Park and Ouse were 38.2 and 37.9 respectively. At Maydena it was 32.4. Hobart reached 31.1 degrees today and the state’s top was 42.2 at Scamander on the East Coast.

New Norfolk’s hottest January day on record was 39.4 degrees on January20, 1973. The same day equalled the town’s hottest day ever, sharing the record with February 7, 1967 – the day of the 1967 bushfire disaster.

Weather observations started at New Norfolk in 1873 and ended in 1983. Since then the nearest readings have been taken at Bushy Park.

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