WE KNOW there’s the potential of an El Niño bumping the temperatures up over summer but this is ridiculous!
Horsham residents were on the end of a barrage of ‘well meaning’ messages asking them how they were coping with the heat this week.
It turns out a glitch at the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather station was churning out some impressive statistics which went live across national weather reports on Saturday.
One reading showed the temperature at a lazy 97.4 degrees, before cooling to a positively mild 86 on another station.
Elders were much more circumspect coming in with a reading of just 51, all of which came as a surprise to the locals who had just spent a very pleasant afternoon in the sun.
A BOM spokesperson confirmed that it was not a case of localised climate change gone mad but a simple equipment malfunction.
For the record, the temperature on Saturday at the Longerenong weather station, just 10km down the road, came in at 24.4, perfect spring weather.