Forrest, Western Australia

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Coordinates: 30°44′24″S 127°41′06″E / 30.74°S 127.685°E / -30.74; 127.685

West Australian Airways hostel in 1929

Forrest is a small settlement and railway station on the Trans-Australian Railway in Western Australia. At the 2006 census, Forrest had a population of 18.[1]

Forrest is on the longest stretch of straight railway in the world, at 479 km (298 mi) from Nurina in Western Australia to Ooldea in South Australia.

The airstrip at Forrest was the overnight stop on the first scheduled passenger air service between Perth and Adelaide from 1929 to 1934, operated by West Australian Airways. The 18-room hostel provided a restaurant meal "worthy of any city hotel".[2]

Forrest was named after Sir John Forrest, the explorer who became the first Premier of Western Australia.[3]

Climate[edit]

Forrest has a typical arid climate; however it is cooler in summer than much of the Australian desert due to its proximity to the ocean. Despite this, Forrest still holds the record for the equal 4th hottest temperature in Australia, 49.8 °C (121.6 °F) recorded on 13 January 1979.[4]

Climate data for Forrest, Australia (averages: 1993–2015; temperature extremes: 1946–2015.note: a standard 30-year data compilation period has not been used)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 49.8
(121.6)
47.5
(117.5)
45.3
(113.5)
40.1
(104.2)
36.9
(98.4)
31.3
(88.3)
29.7
(85.5)
34.2
(93.6)
38.7
(101.7)
43.3
(109.9)
44.9
(112.8)
46.5
(115.7)
49.8
(121.6)
Average high °C (°F) 33.2
(91.8)
32.4
(90.3)
29.2
(84.6)
26.2
(79.2)
22.3
(72.1)
19.1
(66.4)
18.7
(65.7)
21.90
(71.42)
24.5
(76.1)
27.4
(81.3)
30.0
(86)
31.4
(88.5)
26.36
(79.452)
Average low °C (°F) 16.3
(61.3)
16.7
(62.1)
14.4
(57.9)
12.0
(53.6)
8.9
(48)
6.1
(43)
5.0
(41)
5.8
(42.4)
8.3
(46.9)
10.7
(51.3)
13.1
(55.6)
14.8
(58.6)
11.01
(51.81)
Record low °C (°F) 6.6
(43.9)
6.3
(43.3)
5.7
(42.3)
2.3
(36.1)
−0.5
(31.1)
−4.3
(24.3)
−4.5
(23.9)
−3.3
(26.1)
−2.1
(28.2)
0.9
(33.6)
2.6
(36.7)
4.6
(40.3)
−4.5
(23.9)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 25.1
(0.988)
25.8
(1.016)
25.2
(0.992)
18.7
(0.736)
18.8
(0.74)
15.6
(0.614)
15.8
(0.622)
13.4
(0.528)
16.4
(0.646)
10.3
(0.406)
22.8
(0.898)
25.1
(0.988)
233
(9.174)
Average rainy days 4.4 3.6 5.4 5.5 6.4 7.5 6.5 4.9 4.3 4.0 4.5 4.6 61.6
Source: Bureau of Meteorology [5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Forrest (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "WAA’s Magic Carpet" (pdf). Flight Safety Australia. Civil Aviation Safety Authority. September–October 1999. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  3. ^ Reed, A.W. (1973) Place Names of Australia, Sydney: A.H. & A.W. Reed, ISBN 0-589-07115-7
  4. ^ "Official records for Australia". Daily Extremes. Bureau of Meteorology. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Climate Statistics for Forrest, WA". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Climate Statistics for Forrest Aero, WA". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 21 December 2015.