Today Adelaide and much of South Australia is warming up to potentially its warmest day since autumn.
The warmest part of the state is the west, where Nullarbor at midday had reached 27 degrees, already eight degrees above average maximum. This makes it the warmest day in three months.
The last time Nullarbor and many other centres in the state had a day as warm as today was in early May.
Despite a slow start, Adelaide is also on track for this to be its warmest day since early May. At midday the city was only 17 degrees, but it is forecast to reach 22 degrees, five above average.
This sort of warmth is not that unusual for this time of year. August is the often the month when the first spring-like weather arrives. An even warmer spell turned up in early August last year. Adelaide got to 24.6 degrees on the 3rd day of the month
Northerly winds are drawing some heat, which has been building up over the interior for the last week with help from many days of sunshine.
Most residents will have little trouble enjoying this weather given the fairly cold winter so far. Adelaide had been enduring its coldest start to winter in five years, averaging a maximum of just 15.3 degrees during June and July.
The unseasonably warm spell will not last long with a gusty colder change due tomorrow. Come Thursday and Friday the city will struggle to reach 15 degrees, typical of the first two months of winter.
The change is unlikely to bring much rain, less than five millimetres to the city and elsewhere in the south of the state. The only exception is likely to be the South East, where five-to-15
millimetres is possible.
Looking ahead to the weekend, sunshine will increase and wind will drop off as a high pressure system takes over in the wake of a fast-moving cold front.
© Weatherzone 2012
13:39 EST With 28mm already recorded in the rain gauge this month, Alice Springs is having its wettest May since 2004.