January hottest month on record in Australia

Surfers hit the waves at Bondi beach in Sydney, on January 4, 2013
Surfers hit the waves at Bondi beach in Sydney, on January 4, 2013. Australia experienced its hottest month on record in January, despite floods and storms that devastated parts of the country's east, according to officials.

Australia experienced its hottest month on record in January, despite floods and storms that devastated parts of the country's east, officials said.

The Bureau of Meteorology said both the average mean temperature of 29.68 degrees Celsius (85.42 ) and the average mean maximum temperature of 36.92 Celsius surpassed previous records set in January 1932.

The nation's central outback sweltered under a "dome" of heat for much of the month, with the Northern Territory posting its hottest mean temperature on record for January of 31.93 Celsius, the bureau said.

"The heatwave in the first half of January was exceptional in its extent and duration," it said in a statement released Friday.

"The national average maximum temperature on 7 January was the highest on record. Numerous stations set records for the most days in succession above 40 degrees Celsius, including Alice Springs (17 days) and Birdsville (31 days)."

The bureau said a large number of set all-time record high temperatures during the heatwave, including Sydney (45.8 Celsius on January 18) and Hobart (41.8 Celsius on January 4).

The highest temperature recorded during the heatwave was at Moomba in South Australia, which hit a scorching 49.6 Celsius on 12 January.

The bureau said the heatwave, which aided bushfires in the eastern states, was followed by and flooding for some coastal areas of Queensland and caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

The rain caused extensive flooding in the Queensland towns of Bundaberg, where some houses were washed away and roads destroyed, and Gladstone among others.

"Gladstone received 820 millimetres (32 inches) of rainfall in four days, which exceeded its previous record for a whole month, and more than the recorded in 2011 or 2012," the bureau said.


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Feb 02, 2013
IPCC report, 1990:
-the number of days with temperatures above a given
value at the high end of the distribution will increase
substantially
-the intesity of regional rainfall will increase

Seems they hit the nail squarely on the head.

Feb 02, 2013
It can't be happening...
It isn't happening...
It can't be happening...
It isn't happening...
It can't be happening...

And if it is happening, then all the more reason that it can't be happening.

Feb 03, 2013
Wow that's hot and it's only January. Wait until summer rolls around in June.

Feb 03, 2013
Wow that's hot and it's only January. Wait until summer rolls around in June.


Opposite seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres. In June, it'll be winter in the south hemisphere. Hopefully that'll come as a welcome relief. But then those in the north still have summer heatwaves to look forward to.

Feb 03, 2013
Wow that's hot and it's only January. Wait until summer rolls around in June.

mrlewish ... you jest, surely.

Feb 03, 2013
Wow that's hot and it's only January. Wait until summer rolls around in June.


lol, didn't Colbert say something like that the other day?

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