Lovin’ Spoonful have Summer in the City covered, but what about summer in the winter? The country, especially the red centre and East coast, have been baking for the past couple of weeks. The average temperature across the nation is around 3 above the average for this month, and given a few more days of warm weather, may break the record as the highest-ever temperature anomaly in a month (in other words, when averaging the temperatures of nationwide weather stations, it’s been more than 3 C above the long-term average for August).
It’s not just the averages which have people hopping, though. Temperatures in South-East Queensland and NSW have soared into the mid-30’s as hot, dry air flows across from the vast expanses of the outback. It’s all courtesy of a big, stubborn high pressure system which sat over Alice Springs for several weeks, with 14 days out of 15 higher than 30C. A nice strong nor-wester and you could be forgiven for thinking you went to sleep for 4 months and woke up in summer. A sign of things to come, perhaps?
There’s supposed to be some relief next week as the wind swings around and conditions stabilise – the first inkling came tonight, when some high cloud formed in the afternoon and the glaring sun was weakened for the first time in days.
An unfortunate byproduct of the obstinate high pressure system is a fortnight of junk swell here on the Gold Coast. Oh well – I’ve had plenty keeping me busy, but I’m crossing my fingers there is a little peeler or two tomorrow morning!