Special Climate Statement 51 – an exceptional autumn hot spell in norther n and central Australia

Special Climate Statement 51 – an exceptional autumn hot spell in norther n and central Australia

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20 April 2015

An exceptional hot spell for the time of year affected large parts of northern and central Australia during March 2015. Initially, the heat was significant but relatively localised, mostly confined to the Top End and Gulf Country in the Northern Territory and adjacent areas of far northwest Queensland. From mid-March onwards, the heat extended over a much larger area. It peaked on 19 and 20 March when records were set over large parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland, as well as outback South Australia and northern New South Wales. Many records were set during this hot spell. The Northern Territory and Queensland had their hottest March days on record in area-averaged terms, whilst the event also included the highest temperature ever observed in Australia in the second half of March.

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