A look back at our weather 100 years ago.
A look back at our weather 100 years ago. Mike Knott BUN030717WEATHER6

A look back at our weather 100 years ago

WHILE parts of Queensland are set to swelter through severe heatwave conditions over the coming days, Kingaroy has been lucky enough to miss the worst of it.

Even the most enthusiastic supporters of hot weather have been driven to distraction by the relentless heat across the country.

Meanwhile, the warmest day in Kingaroy so far for 2019 has been a cool 32.8°, on January 6.

100 YEARS AGO

In 1919, the region was facing similar drought conditions as that of 2019.

On this day 100 years ago, The Brisbane Courier (now The Courier-Mail) reported storms broke the heat waves with welcome rain across the region.

Crows Nest, January 14, 1919: The heat has been intense today, which was one of the hottest days this year. About 2 o'clock a rainstorm occurred, and about 50 points (17.6mm) was registered. Heavy rain fell at Geham, but very little towards Pechey.

Kingaroy, January 14, 1919: The long-continued dry spell, with successive heat waves, the thermometer registering over 100 degrees (37.7°C) in the shade, culminated in a storm this afternoon. About 18 points (6.35mm) of rain was registered.

Kilcoy, January 14, 1919: Today was hot and sultry, the thermometer registering 98 degrees (36.6°C) in the shade. A storm worked up, and broke at 5 o'clock. Up to 6 o'clock, 40 points (14.1mm) had been recorded and rain was still falling.

Wondai, January 14, 1919: A light thunderstorm passed over Wondai this afternoon, accompanied by wind and dust. Light rain was still falling early this evening.

SIGNS OF RAIN

South Burnett locals are reporting ants in the kitchen, black cockatoos, and the call of the storm birds - age-old indicators that rain is on its way.

While there are no signs of storms on the horizon, there is hope that if the mercury continues to climb into next week, a change may be afoot.

WEATHER OUTLOOK

Wednesday, January 16: 17°C-34°C

Thursday, January 17: 17°C-33°C

Friday, January 18: 15°C-33°C

Saturday, January 19: 16°C-33°C

Sunday, January 20: 17°C-33°C.

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