Climate records have tumbled during autumn with abnormally warm weather continuing across Australia.
According to the latest data from the Bureau of Meteorology, April was yet another warmer than average month for Australia:
- Mean temperature: second-warmest on record (2.00°C above average)
- Mean maximum temperatures: second-warmest on record (2.38°C above average)
- Mean minimum temperatures: third-warmest on record (1.61°C above average)
- Many late-season high temperature records across the country
- Eighth-driest April on record for Australia (rainfall 67% below average)
New records for the highest April maximum temperature average were set in Brisbane, Darwin and Hobart.
Almost all of Australia’s capital cities recorded at least twenty days with above-average maximum temperatures.
The warm temperatures follow a record-breaking March in which Australia’s average temperature was the warmest on record at 1.70°C above average.
Research has found that climate change increased the odds of March breaking its Australian temperature record by at least seven times.
And the warm temperatures are set to continue with a very high chance of May temperatures across most of Australia being warmer than average.
Over the weekend, twenty Queensland cities and towns experienced the hottest May night since records began.
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