Record early hot spell in Alice SpringsRob Sharpe, Sunday September 8, 2013 - 10:15 EST
Alice Springs has exceeded 30 degrees each day for the last 12 days with the record string likely to progress for another week.
Central Australia is quite hot for this time of year. It's best known town, Alice Springs, is likely to set a new record for the number of days straight above 30 degrees. Previously, the longest recorded run of days over 30 degrees in September was 12, set in the year 2000. Today will be the 13th consecutive day above 30 degrees with many more to come.
In fact, Alice Springs is on target to have a longer run above 30 degrees than has been recorded in September or even October, as temperatures should reach 30 degrees or more each day until the end of the week. This would extend the run to 20 days straight.
The first week of spring has been particularly warm, averaging 33.4 degrees, far hotter than the September average of only 27 degrees. This start to spring would fit well in the middle of November. The combination of the hot weather and lack of rain over the last two months is making conditions tough for those who have gardens or crops in this part of the nation.
The reason for this extraordinary start to spring is that the airmass over Central Australia stayed warmer than usual through winter and has been allowed to warm quickly into spring by generally clear skies.
© Weatherzone 2013
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