Australia breaks hottest summer record

More evidence of global warming: Aussies experienced their warmest January since 1910

Topics: GlobalPost, Australia, Global Warming, climate, Climate Change,

Australia breaks hottest summer record
This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

Australia weather bureau has confirmed that this country — like many others — has just sweltered through its hottest summer on record.

Global Post The Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported that records were broken for the average temperature and average daytime temperature between December and February.

A record was also set for the number of consecutive days in which the average maximum was more than 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Farenheit) — namely the seven days from Jan. 2 to 8. The previous record was four days.

The Australian Associated Press quoted the bureau’s climate change program manager, Tony Mohr, as saying:

“If you’re 27 years old, you’ve never experienced an ‘average’ month’s temperature — it’s all been above average.”

January 2013 was the hottest month recorded since 1910, Blair Trewin and Karl Braganza bureau wrote in a report, while records were also set for the hottest daytime temperatures averaged over the whole of Australia.

In a year that saw several deadly wildfire outbreaks across the country, 14 locations deployed by the weather bureau to monitor the long-term climate registered individual record temperatures.

Australia’s Fairfax media quoted Trewin, a senior climatologist with the weather bureau, as saying:

“It was hot just about everywhere. It was in the top 10 for every mainland state. Six of the hottest 10 summers [nationally] have happened in the last decade.”

The summer heat came despite much of Australia’s eastern seaboard experienced flooding from two major storm systems, Fairfax noted.

It cited Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute, and a member of the Australian Climate Commission, as saying:

“It’s been a pretty amazing summer as far as extremes go. We had record high sea-surface temperatures along the east coast, leading to more evaporation and more moisture in the atmosphere available for rainfall.”

The bureau said the summer followed a pattern of extremely hot summers around the world in recent years.

Could any broader trend be drawn from the record-breaking Down Under summer of 2012-13?

Trewin and Braganza wrote that the extremes fit with a well established trend in Australia:

“It’s getting hotter, and record heat is happening more often.”

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 10
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Michael Ohl/Museum fur Naturkunde

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Soul-Sucking Dementor Wasp

    Latin name: Ampulex dementor

    Truong Ngyuen

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    10,000th reptile species

    Latin name: Cyrtodactylus vilaphongi

    Jodi Rowley/Australian Museum

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Colour-changing thorny frogs

    Latin name: Gracixalus lumarius

    Judith L. Eger

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Long-fanged bat

    Latin name: Hypsugo dolichodon

    Neang Thy Moe/FFI

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Stealthy wolf snake

    Latin name: Lycodon zoosvictoriae

    Michael Janes

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Feathered coral

    Latin name: Ovabunda andamanensis

    Jerome Constant

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    World's second-longest insect

    Phryganistria heusii yentuensis

    Nantasak Pinkaew

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Slide 8

    Latin name: Sirindhornia spp

    Tim Johnson

    Soul-sucking 'dementor' wasps and 8 other crazy new species

    Slide 9

    Tylototriton shanorum

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

0 Comments

Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>