ARMIDALE is set to experience its highest-ever September temperature today of 29 degrees – with Glen Innes, Narrabri and Tamworth also hovering close to records too.
The Weather Channel meteorologist Dick Whitaker yesterday reported temperatures across the region are at near-record levels for September.
But the record-breaking temperatures will be a one-day phenomenon, with Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Kat Kovacevic saying temperatures will start to drop by Friday and a cold front to hit on Saturday will slice Armidale’s temperature back to 21 degrees.
Mr Whitaker said Tamworth’s record September temperature of 34 degrees was set on September 29, 2000 and today’s forecast of 33 possibly would go higher.
“It’s gonna go close,” he said.
Armidale’s record temperature of 28.2 degrees was set on September 28, 1965.
“It’s also, we think, a potential record (to come today) for Glen Innes,” he said.
He said Glen Innes’s September record is 28.7 degrees, set in 2003, and the forecast for today is 28.
Moree’s September record of 37.8 degrees was set in 2000; today’s forecast is 36 degrees.
Ms Kovacevic said Narrabri could potentially have a new record today as well.
The September record is 34.9, set in 2003 and 34 is forecast for today.
“It could come close and it could go over, but we’re not forecasting it to go over,” she said.