Special Climate Statement (Australia Bureau of Meteorology)

Special Climate Statement (Australia Bureau of Meteorology)



20 September 2013
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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Special Climate Statement on the record high temperatures for late winter and early spring affecting large parts of Australia. These recent record high temperatures follow Australia's hottest 12-month period on record with above average mean temperatures affecting the entire nation. The last week of August 2013 and the first half of September have seen record high temperatures for this time of year, affecting large parts of Australia (Figure 1 and 2). On the last day of winter, Australia recorded an average maximum temperature of 29.92  ̊C. A new daily record was also set for winter exceeding the previous record high by 0.19  ̊C (29.73  ̊C set on 23 August 1995). This was followed by an early arrival of very warm conditions with 31.45 oC recorded on 1 September for Australia-averaged maxima, setting a new record for the earliest 31 oC day by 15 days (previously 31.68 oC recorded on 16 September 1981). >> More

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