Heat record: hottest October day in Austria’s fair history

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October 3, 2023—Tuesday—marked the warmest October day since measurements began. At the weather station of Geosphere Austria (formerly ZAMG) in Langenlebarn in Lower Austria, a new Austrian record for October was set at 30.3 degrees.

Many other weather stations also set new October temperature records for their respective measurement locations on Monday and Tuesday, weather and climate experts reported.

30.3 degrees in Langenlebarn: data check before official temperature record entry
The highest temperature measured in October in Austria was 30.2 degrees on October 4, 1966, in Fussach in Vorarlberg. In second place, we were followed by 30.1 degrees on October 1, 1956, in Eisenstadt. The value recorded on Tuesday, like all measurements in the following days, must now also go through the routine data verification procedures before it is officially recognized as a record, Geosphere said.

In any case, Langenlebarn also set a new October record for the province of Lower Austria with the 4:40 p.m. measurement. In Salzburg and Upper Austria, the previous provincial record was reached on Tuesday: in Upper Austria, 28.6 degrees were measured in Weyer – at 28.6 degrees was also the last Upper Austrian record, measured on October 5, 2000, also in Weyer. In Salzburg, 28.3 degrees was reached at Salzburg Airport. According to Geosphere, this corresponds to the previous Salzburg record of 28.3 degrees on October 1, 1996, in Abtenau and October 16, 1987, in Unken.

Even the Alps experienced record temperatures. High mountains were not spared.
There were also high temperatures in the high mountains: At the weather station Rudolfshütte (Salzburg) in the Hohe Tauern, 2,317 meters above sea level, a new October record was registered on Tuesday with 16.8 degrees. On Monday, it had already been 16.6 degrees. At the Sonnblick Observatory of Geosphere Austria, at 3,109 meters above sea level, it was 8.9 degrees on Tuesday – at this location, the sixth highest value in October since measurements began in 1886.

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