Young's weird and wild weather

With storm warnings issued, the skies over Young rumbling, lightning strikes humidity and dry heat, record breaking lows and almost record breaking highs Young’s weather has been all over the place.

Young experienced its hottest day since the record breaking day in February last year on Sunday with the mercury reaching 42.3 degrees Celcius according to data released by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The temperature was close to the hottest January day on record for Young which is 42.6 degrees Celcius recorded on both January 3, 1973 and January 18, 2013.

Meteorologists had predicted temperatures in the low 40s for Sunday with a chance of rain in the afternoon which also lead to the highest low temperature of the year with a reading of 22.4 degrees Celcius recorded on Monday morning.

This month’s highs and lows have however broken one record with the low of 11.5 degrees Celcius recorded on January 1 beating the previous record of a January minimum temperature of 15 degrees Celcius on January 13, 1972.

The highest wind gust since the beginning of 2018 was also recorded on Sunday afternoon with speeds reaching 63 km/h at 5.45pm.

Sunday was always going to be a scorcher with the temperature at 9am reading 33 degrees according to the Bureau.

NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Police and the Bureau of Meteorology all issued warnings and advice to residents in the area to take it easy over the weekend with the high temperatures and to remind the community to be fire aware, look after pets and those with medical conditions to ensure they knew who to call if they found themselves in trouble.

In Wagga the Wagga Horse Trials cancelled its New Year Showjumping day which was expected to be held on Saturday. 

Two Victorian Horse Race meetings were also cancelled on the weekend due to concerns for animal and jockey welfare in the heat.

However, the heat didn’t stop cricketers from taking to the pitch locally with matches still played on Saturday in Young.

The heat meant plenty of locals took advantage of Young Aquatic Centre too cool off in the heat with over 100 visitors to the pool over the two days.

The Bureau of Meteorolgy has predicted occasional showers for Friday and Saturday with a top of 38 degrees Celsius on Friday.