Why We Are So Hot explains Tilligerry meteorologist Alan Gibson

Alan Gibson: High sea temperatures add to our heat stress.


RESIDENTS may very well wonder why Port Stephens has been so hot recently despite the cooling sea breeze from the north east kicking in on most days.

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Tilligerry meteorologist Alan Gibson explains, “The Upper Hunter regularly gets temperatures in the high forties.”

Mr Gibson said, “Our coastal temperatures are less but the THI (Thermal Heat index) is higher because the on-shore wind brings with it very high humidity. In fact the sea temperature hovers around 27 degrees at the moment and the wind picks up moisture which has an effect on the body. This makes us feel much hotter.”

“It’s quite normal for the thermometer to read 39 degrees while the THI sits at 44 degrees,” he stated.

“We’ve had far warmer days in the past but the humidity has made this year particularly uncomfortable,” Mr Gibson said.

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