Sweltering September heat smashes all-time records in Australia

THE record books are being re-written in Australia with two states recording their hottest September days in history.

The mercury maxed out at 42.7 degrees in Birdsville, in western Queensland, on Wednesday afternoon.

That’s the hottest September day ever recorded in the sunshine state, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed.


The previous record was set back on 22 September 2003 when Birdsville reached 42.4 degrees.

Meanwhile south of the border in New South Wales, Bourke in the state’s northwest peaked at 40.7 degrees.

That’s the hottest September day ever recorded in New South Wales, too.

The state’s previous September record was only set last weekend when Wilcannia hit 40.5 degrees.

Wilcannia, White Cliffs, and Bourke were last Saturday the first towns in New South Wales to reach 40 degrees in the ninth month of the year.

Several other towns in Queensland’s outback also recorded temps above 40 degrees on Wednesday afternoon.

Thargomindah, west of Cunnamulla, hit 42.5 just before 2.30pm, while Windorah peaked at 42.2 degrees.

Winton reached 41.5 degrees and Longreach 41.4 while it hit 40.6 at Roma, 40.4 at St George and 40.3 at Charleville.

All those temperatures are September records.

It is just a taste of what residents in Queensland’s southeast can expect on Thursday.

It’s tipped to be a scorcher on the Gold Coast, following a mild and moody Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology says temperatures could peak as high as 38 degrees in suburbs away from the beach on Thursday, particularly around Nerang and Coomera.

It’ll be slightly cooler along the Coast, however, with Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta predicted to hit 30-32.