Last 4 months were the hottest in the history of the continent. January 7 was set in a stunning temperature record +40,33 ° C during the day and at +32,39 ° C. In January, every day more and more settlements hit by the effect of a heat wave. The spread reflects the heat created by NASA and the Australian weather bureau heat map, which is marked temperature readings for all Australian states.
Ironically, on the map at the same time there is a value that is 27 degrees higher than the above average rate of the day and night (the territory in the south-west and south, painted in burgundy color), and those that are below normal (the color blue on the map).
During the month several times higher than the air temperature +45 ° C, which is a few weeks delay the onset of the rainy season. Sydney was struck on the spot in a new temperature record +45,56 ° C pobivshim performance 150 years ago. Other historical temperature increases were recorded in Wellington (+43,72 ° C), Adelaide (+44,11 ° C) and in the small town of Moomba (+49,61 ° C). After such incredible performance even skeptics who think heatwaves normal annual event for Australia, a loss.
The main features of a heat wave compared to other years is that it is almost uniformly covered the news of the continent and has been a very long and stable. So that the heat in 2013 for its size easily surpassed the historical events of 1972-73. For Australians who managed to have suffered a great deal from the sun unbearable heat until the happy news about the weather no place to wait, since the meteorological forecasts, one by one asserting that the heat wave is completely gone only by mid-March. This means that of the magnificent harvest in the new year can be forgotten due to lack of moisture and fire.