Hot Summer Australia
For the first time with the average temperatures exceeding 30C (86F), the Australia recorded its hottest month ever in January.
Bureau of Meteorology said, the extreme heat was “unprecedented” during the Australian summer period.
January 5 was among the 10 warmest days on the record, with daily national temperature highs of 40C. Wildfire deaths, bushfires and a rise in hospital admissions caused due to the warm weather.
More than a few wildlife species have also suffered, with reports of mass deaths of wild horses, native bats and fish in drought-affected areas. The new record exceeds conditions recorded in 2013, earlier considered the nation’s worst heatwave.
Climatologist Dr Andrew Watkins said, we saw heatwave conditions affect large parts of Australia through most of the month.
He said, records were broken for both duration and also individual daily extremes. Rainfall was also below average for most areas.
Australia has increasingly continued hotter summer temperatures. Sydney, last year experienced its hottest day since 1939, with a maximum temperature of 47.3C.
Dr Watkins said, the warming trend which has seen Australian temperatures increase by more than one degree in the last 100 years also contributed to the strangely warm conditions.
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