The bureau's heatwave service showing the Northern Rivers in severe heatwave for the past three days.
The bureau's heatwave service showing the Northern Rivers in severe heatwave for the past three days. Bureau of Meteorology

It’s official. We have been having a heatwave.

SINCE last Friday residents of the Northern Rivers have experienced scorching temperatures during the day and sweltering, sleepless nights.

That's because we have been experiencing a heatwave

Well, duh, you say, but according to the Bureau of Meteorology it's not that easy.

According to their Heatwave Service on their website, a heatwave is official when there have been "Three or more days of high maximum and minimum temperatures that are unusual for that location."

"If temperatures over 30 were being experienced in Cooma, then that would be a heatwave but not necessarily in the Northern Rivers," a spokesperson for the bureau said.

However, since there has been consistent temperatures over 30 degrees celsius, and often over 35 degrees, the bureau's Heatwave Service has classed the Northern Rivers as experiencing a severe heatwave since Saturday.

Good news is coming as the Heatwave Service forecasts the Northern Rivers will be under a low-intensity heatwave to no heatwave at all by Friday.

Highest temperatures:

Ballina

  • 30/1 32.5
  • 31/1 33.1
  • 1/2 33.9

Casino

  • 30/1 34.4
  • 31/1 35.8
  • 1/2 35.5

Evans Head

  • 30/1 35.5
  • 31/1 37.3
  • 1/2 35.7

Lismore

  • 30/1 34.4
  • 31/1 35.3
  • 1/2 37.7


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