Thursday, November 23, 2017

Australia measures another heatwave

Australia measures another heatwave
Not for the first time this summer, it has got hot in southeastern Australia.

Adelaide, in the green state of South Australia, has experienced only three days in the last fortnight below 30-degrees Celsius. On Tuesday it was 36C, 11 degrees above average but still 6 degrees short of the November record.

A warm northerly breeze from the outback has kept Victoria more than 10C hotter than average for days. Melbourne, the state capital, is no stranger to 30C in November, but it's unusual to have a run of days, back to back, without any respite.

With the sun shining and northerly winds continuing to blow, Melbourne hit 33C on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The city's average maximum at this time of year is 22C.

Melbourne's forecast temperatures for Friday and Saturday, if achieved, would bring the city's run of days at more than 28C to eight. This would be the longest stretch of November days this hot in 162 years of records, the start of record-keeping for the area.

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