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Life before air con: Surviving the great heatwaves of Canberra's past

Life before air con: Surviving the great heatwaves of Canberra's past

Scientists banded together to fight bushfires; bicycle tyres melted; spilt petrol caught fire in the sun - heatwaves in Canberra's past sounded wild.

  • by Sherryn Groch

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Canberra's hottest day: When the temperature reached 42.2 in 1968

Canberra's hottest day: When the temperature reached 42.2 in 1968

Temperatures reached into the 40s across the capital on February 1, 1968 – which is still hottest day recorded at Canberra Airport.

  • by Staff writers
Too hot to change church sign as Canberra heads for 40 again
Canberra

Too hot to change church sign as Canberra heads for 40 again

Canberra is on track to break its record for the most consecutive days of 40 degrees or above, according to forecasters.

  • by Jasper Lindell & Steve Evans
'Walking out the door': Canberrans snap up aircons to prepare for heat
Harvey Norman

'Walking out the door': Canberrans snap up aircons to prepare for heat

Portable air conditioners are "walking out the door" in the heatwave, Harvey Norman Fyshwick warehouse manager Robert Mason says.

  • by Jasper Lindell
Heat-stressed possum helped to cool down as Canberra starts to swelter
Canberra

Heat-stressed possum helped to cool down as Canberra starts to swelter

It's not just people feeling the heat this week, with Canberrans reminded to look after their pets and native animals with 40 degree days on the way.

  • by Jasper Lindell
Canberra Now: Verdict in for Home Affairs; brickworks project close
Canberra life

Canberra Now: Verdict in for Home Affairs; brickworks project close

Plus our guide to eating your way through the city this Good Food Month.

  • by Sherryn Groch
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Hail strikes, trees down in Canberra during stormy start to the weekend
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Canberra

Hail strikes, trees down in Canberra during stormy start to the weekend

Heavy rainfall and damaging winds are likely for Canberra on Friday afternoon, with a heatwave expected next week.

  • by Jasper Lindell & Doug Dingwall
Warm, dry, record-breaking: Canberra's weather in 2018
Canberra

Warm, dry, record-breaking: Canberra's weather in 2018

2018 was Canberra's warmest year on record for mean maximum temperatures and third-warmest year for mean temperature.

  • by Finbar O'Mallon
The stunning chart revealing Australia's record-breaking run of rising temperatures
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The stunning chart revealing Australia's record-breaking run of rising temperatures

Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2005, including the year just gone.

  • by Nicole Hasham
Power lines down, radio stations interrupted as thunderstorm hits Canberra

Power lines down, radio stations interrupted as thunderstorm hits Canberra

A storm hit the national capital after crossing over from south-west NSW on Tuesday evening.

  • by Doug Dingwall
Burning up a sweat in the heat may take its toll
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Burning up a sweat in the heat may take its toll

Canberra cyclist Chloe Hosking has raced in 42 degree heat and drank so much water her body threw it up, she recommends avoiding the heat wherever possible.

  • by Elliot Williams