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Sydney's Mercury Rising: Part one

Max Gonzalez, Saturday May 24, 2014 - 12:06 EST

Winter is only a week away, but it definitely doesn't feel like it is looming just around the corner.

With a week to go, Sydney's daytime temperatures are currently sitting at an average of 23.07 degrees, the warmest May days on record and nearly four degrees above the long term average. Taking into account the current forecast maximum temperatures until the end of the month, the previous record is likely to be broken. A record, which was set in May 1958 with 22.66 degrees.

Daytime temperatures have been particularly warm as a quasi-permanent high pressure system over the Tasman Sea has kept any cold front at bay, bringing plenty of sunshine to warm up the land. In fact, May 2014 has been a record breaking month when daytime temperatures are considered. Today, the Harbour City will see its 15th consecutive day over 22 degrees, extending the May record set in 1978 and 2007 with nine days.

Sydney, however, is unlikely to see its hottest May night-time temperatures as nights have not been as warm. As of today, the average night-time temperatures for May 2014 stand at 12.56 degrees, one degree above the long term average. This ranks night-time temperatures 24th among all Mays and the warmest since 2007.

Altogether, Sydney is heading to one of its warmest Mays on record (daytime and night-time temperatures combined) currently standing at 18.04 degrees. This is nearly 2.6 degrees above the long term average. However, due to the mild nights, Sydneysiders are not likely to see the warmest May on record. At least not until the final temperatures are recorded on May 31st.

- Weatherzone

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