Tindal RAAF Base experienced its hottest day in recorded history yesterday.
But Katherine did not do the same.
We have been discussing with the Bureau of Meteorology today on how Tindal came to experience "record heat" as it has stated, when Katherine's all-time record is 46 degrees.
Yesterday top temperature, a sweltering 42.7 degrees, was recorded at Tindal where all the area's major weather statistics are now measured and recorded.
The base took over that role 34 years ago.
But Katherine has had its weather stations in the past.
There are still some in town recording rain totals but in the past there were more "official" temperature gauges recording as well.
That's how Katherine came to claim its record heat of 46.2 degrees on October 29, 1991.
So, Tindal's 42.7 degrees was a record for the base's instruments, but still short of Katherine's overall record.
It matters little to most as the 40 plus degree days continue through this build up to the later than expected wet season.
The bureau is forecasting more 42 plus degree days right through to Monday, so Tindal may have another "record" before the weekend is out.
The temperature hit 42 briefly at 3pm today.
Rabbit Flat in the Tanami Desert recorded 115 days over 39 degrees earlier this year to smash the old record of 106 days at the more famous Marble Bar in Western Australia, which recorded the dubious feat between November 1921 and March 1922.
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