1939 was still hotter than 2009...
David Evans, a former adviser to the Australian Greenhouse Office, the precursor to the Department of Climate Change, said that although events such as those of January 1939 were too localised to draw implications on global warming, the 70 years since these maximums were reached was enough to "make you sceptical".
"The debate has changed," he said. He predicted that by 2010, the only people who would believe in global warming would be "those who have a financial interest in it, the politically correct and those who believe in big government. Everyone else will think it's a load of rubbish."
But there's always an alarmist on hand to redress the balance:
National Climate Centre head David Jones said the fact the maximum temperatures were set so long ago in no way disproved global warming. He said 1939 was a freak once-in-a-century event.
I wonder if he'd be saying the same if the records had been broken yesterday. Would he be saying that that too was a freak once-in-a-century event? Or do you think he may just possibly link it somehow with "global warming"? Answers on a postcard.
Read it here.