Early spring heat records for parts of Australia ..2013

Report by Blair Trewin..

Today’s 41.1 at Fitzroy Crossing was the earliest date on which 41 has been reached in Australia

(yesterday’s 40.2 was the second-earliest 40, after the 40.0 at Kalumburu on 27 August 1970). Curtin and Mandora also reached 40.

FITZROY CROSSING in Nth West Australia
firzroy crossingfitzroy crossing aerial


Some more records

Reported by weatherzone news

“Red centre sizzles in early season heat
Ben McBurney, Monday September 2, 2013 – 13:53 EST
Australia’s interior has been frying in record early season heat as temperatures soar into the mid 30s.

For Alice Springs, it is the hottest on record for this time of year in 72 years of records, with the last three days exceeding 34 degrees. This included 36.5 degrees yesterday, the hottest start to spring on record, as well as the hottest it has ever been this early in the warming season.

Meanwhile, Yulara (Ayers Rock) has averaged a touch above 34 degrees the last three days, its hottest transition from winter to spring on record.

It reached a sizzling 35.4 degrees yesterday, the hottest it has been this early in the warming season on record. The town is expected to hit 36 degrees today and is forecast to reach 33 degrees until at least Thursday.

A persistent area of high pressure has generated clear skies, allowing the early build up of heat.

The region can expect the hot conditions to persist until at least the start of next week.

© Weatherzone 2013

alice springs station


– Persistent High pressure over the Australian interior again
– Long periods of NO CLOUD COVER over the Northern quadrant of Australia

Australia has been the only area in the southern hemisphere with this strong no cloud anomaly in August 2013.

no cloud over nth oz


11 comments on “Early spring heat records for parts of Australia ..2013

  1. BLAIR TREWIN also reporting a record warm winter for the sth Island of New Zealand

    “A very warm winter for most of the country, with record-high mean temperatures for winter occurring throughout the South Island. Mean temperatures well above average (more than 1.2°C above the winter average) throughout Southland, Otago (except South Otago), inland Canterbury, coastal Canterbury north of Ashburton, and isolated parts of the lower half of the North Island. The nation-wide mean temperature was 1.2°C above the winter average, based on NIWA’s seven-station temperature series, making this the warmest winter on record since 1909. ”

    NIWA seasonal climate summary WINTER 2013

    The BOM mean sea level pressure anomaly indicating a strong POSITIVE 10 high pressure anomaly in JULY.2013. Contributing to clearer skies ..

    mslp anom SH July 2013


    Thanks to weatherzone news report

    Copied and paste here

    Record early heat in Alice Springs

    Ben McBurney, Monday September 16, 2013 – 10:27 EST

    Alice Springs has endured 20 straight days in excess of 30 degrees, and while the extended hot spell is likely to end today, it has broken several records along the way.

    In 71 years of records, the town has not endured such an extended period of heat this early in the warming season. The current spell heat began on the 27th of August and is likely to be ended today as a cooler air mass is left behind in the wake of a low pressure trough.

    There hasn’t been a stretch this long of 30 degree heat in September, or even October. Previously, the earliest there had been 20 consecutive days of 30 degree heat was in a period from late October into early November in 2002, which turned into 36 consecutive days.

    The unseasonably hot temperatures also meant the record for the hottest winter-to-spring transition, and hottest start to spring have been broken. This also follows the hottest start to the year on record.

    In fact, so far this September the town is averaging a maximum of 33.5 degrees, more than six degrees above its long term average. With the previous September record averaging a maximum of 30.7 set in 1980, it is almost certain the monthly record will be broken.

    With above average temperatures likely for at least another week, with it also set to reach into the mid 30’s again over the weekend, this month could make the September of 1980 look comparatively cool.

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    © Weatherzone 2013

  3. SYDNEY on track for a possible SEPTEMBER HEAT RECORD

    Thanks to weatherzone and Ben Burney for this report

    Sydney set for toasty end to September
    Ben McBurney, Monday September 23, 2013 – 17:54 EST

    Sydney’s September is going to finish just how it started;
    unseasonably warm, with the city to see its warmest on record.

    Heat lovers will be happy to see the next three days are forecast to
    reach 28 degrees in the city. If this occurs, this will be the first
    time this has happened in September since 1987, although there has
    been a warmer three-day period in September more recently in 2006 when
    the maximum averaged a toasty 30 degrees.

    Sydney’s west, such as Richmond and Penrith, is forecast to hit at
    least 31 degrees over the next three days, and if it does so, it will
    be the first time this has occurred on record in September.

    This is continuing Sydney’s trend of an unseasonably hot September.
    The city is currently averaging a maximum of 23.5 degrees, and with it
    forecast to reach at least 22 degrees for the remainder of the month,
    it will comfortably break the previous record of 23.3 degrees set in

    Richmond is averaging 25 degrees for September so far, and with the
    remainder of the month forecast to reach at least 23 degrees, is
    likely to see its second warmest on record.

    The unusually hot September has been caused by a combination of very
    warm sea surface temperatures, clear skies, and persistent westerly
    winds. This also follows Sydney’s warmest winter on record.

    Current long-term models suggest the unseasonably hot conditions will
    continue into October

    © Weatherzone 2013

  4. More reports of record warm for September 2013. This time in Adelaide

    Thanks to Rob Sharpe on weatherzone news

    Adelaide seems almost a month ahead of itself, with a record warm September near the October average.

    If you feel like its been warm in Adelaide recently, you are right. This September is now likely to be the warmest September since records began.

    The reason for the warmth in Adelaide has been an exceptionally hot start to spring over central Australia – the source of Adelaide’s heat. This heat has been filtering into Adelaide via northerly winds, combatting the cold from the south.

    The final week of September will be a mixed bag with a few cooler days, but record minima and maxima are still likely. Maximum temperatures are likely to average 22 degrees at the end of the month. This is half a degree more than the record set in 1944 and almost exactly the same as the October average.

    Nights have also been exceptionally warm, with minima likely to average 12.5 degrees at the end of the month, more than a degree above the record set in 1973 at 11.1 degrees.
    © Weatherzone 2013

  5. Thanks to weatherzone for this report

    QLD baking in record September heat
    Ben McBurney, Wednesday September 25, 2013 – 17:44 EST

    Parts of Queensland are having their hottest September days on record.

    A low pressure trough residing over the state’s interior is filtering in an unseasonably hot air mass, bringing several days of extreme heat.

    Today has been the hottest of this spell so far, with a number of September records being broken over the inland. For many places, this was also the hottest day since January.

    Charleville reached 39 degrees today, its hottest September day in 70 years of records breaking the 38.5 set in 1988. Mount Isa maxed out at 39.8 degrees, equalling its hottest September day in 45 years of records.

    Roma reached 39.6 degrees, its hottest September day in at least 20 years, while Emerald Airport soared to 38.9 degrees, its hottest September day in 32 years of records.

    Further records are likely to be broken tomorrow, although the focus of the heat will be a little further east.

    Rockhampton is in danger of breaking its all-time September record tomorrow of 37.1 degrees, with a forecast maximum of 37 degrees. Gatton’s September record of 38.5 degrees is also at risk of being broken, with a forecast of 38 degrees.

    Brisbane is predicted to reach 33 degrees tomorrow, which will make it the first time the city has seen three consecutive days of at least 31 degrees in September since 1965. This could also be Longreach’s third day in a row in excess of 40 degrees, which would be a September record.

    The heat should begin to shift north from Friday, ending the south’s extreme heat, however places such as Rockhampton and Richmond will still see temperatures close to record territory.

    The air mass will begin to cool a little more over the weekend, however much of the state can still expect temperatures several degrees above average.

    © Weatherzone 2013

  6. Thanks to weatherzone yet again
    Rob sharpes report and summary of Heat records for Australian states in September 2013

    September heat records aplenty across south eastern Australia

    Rob Sharpe, Friday September 27, 2013 – 10:43 EST

    Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide are all likely to set new records for September heat.

    The monthly averages of five out of eight capital cities are likely to set new records. Sydney and Adelaide will smash the previous record by around a whole degree.

    The country enjoyed its warmest winter on record, but now the heat is building quicker than ever recorded. Clear skies over the nation’s interior are heating up the airmass, filtering to most of the state’s capitals.

    Sydney has set record after record so far this year, and is finishing off its hottest September in over 150 years of records. It could be said that Sydney is two months ahead of itself, as the average maximum of over 24 degrees would sit nicely as November’s average.

    Adelaide has blitzed its September record by more than a degree, with minima and maxima three degrees above the long term average. The city only experienced four mornings and eight days below the average of 10 to 19 degrees. It will finish the month with a hot and cloudy day on Monday reaching 31 degrees.

    Melbourne has had a topsy turvy month, with temperatures ranging from 4 to 25 degrees. It will finish the month with temperatures dipping on Saturday and rising up by Monday.

    Canberra joined the plentiful of locations that are setting new heat records this month, but it also set a new record for its wettest September day on Tuesday 17th with 58mm.

    Brisbane is finishing the month by surging towards the hottest September record with many very warm and humid days near 30 degrees. It is likely to just exceed the record set in 1980.

    The other state capitals were all above average in September, but they failed to set a new September record like the other capitals did.

    October is looking hot across the nation, as the clear skies allow heat to continue to build across central Australia. If you don’t like the heat then maybe head to Hobart – the only capital city likely to be below average next month.

    The cities most likely to set new October records are Brisbane and Sydney, as westerly winds will continue to bring heat into the nation’s east.

    © Weatherzone 2013

  7. Some more records broken in Queensland
    Information from weatherzone forum

    Here’s some of the sites from Thu during the peak of the heat which have longer records (their opening date is in brackets):

    Barcaldine (1913)
    Clermont (1910)
    Dalby (1893)
    Goondiwindi (1891)
    Isisford (1913)
    Kingaroy (1947)
    Miles (1908)
    Mitchell (1907)
    Richmond (1893)
    Roma (1889)
    St George (1938)
    Stanthorpe (1938)
    Surat (1938)
    Taroom (1953)
    Toowoomba (1931)

    The last time I checked, 12 sites broke their records on Wed and 30 sites on Thu, some by a couple of degrees or more. Area-wise, this is about the equivalent of almost one third of the state.

    heat records inland qld

  8. Northern Territory heat Records September 2013

    Report from the ABC published on weatherzone

    The Northern Territory has experienced its hottest September on record, coming off the back of an unseasonably warm dry season


    Alice Springs also made the record books, registering the hottest ever maximum and mean temperatures for the month.

    Weather bureau climatologist Joel Lisonbee said the average daily maximum temperature in the central Australian town was 33.1 degrees Centigrade, 2.6C higher than the previous record.

    Darwin’s September temperatures made it into the top ten on record.

    Mr Lisonbee said the higher temperatures were the result of fewer high pressure systems moving across the Great Australian Bite over the winter period.

    “We need those high pressure systems to push cool air north into the Territory,” he said.

    “Most of central Australia needs those high pressure systems to cool us down.

  9. BOM have issued a special climate statement for the warm late winter and spring weather 2013


    The spring of 2013 . National AUSTRALIAN climate report ..statement 46


    sept 2013 heat anomlay and sring 2013 australia
    JUST a few stats’ from this report l have listed here
    The report is thorough and describes the extent of the depth and length of this extraordinary heat anomaly period

    Monthly maximum temps’ were 3.41 deg c above average and 2.09 dec above average for mean minimums for september 2013

    September monthly maximums were the highest on record for over 57% of Australia!!

    South australias monthly maximum temp’ anomaly of +5.39 deg c is the largest observed for any state or territory!!

    29% of QLD had its hottest September day on record on sept 26th 2013
    A new early season record of 41.1deg c observed at fitzroy crossing in WA
    4th sept 2013 early season heart records broken at Tarcola in SA and Mildura VIC
    Trepel airport a high early season minimum temp’ record in QLD
    Fromm the 112 weather stations ( the ACORN set) 37 maximum and 23 minimum records have ben broken or equalled!!
    Alice springs and Sydney experienced some profound length of warm anomalies

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