Did you notice how unseasonably warm the past few weeks have been?
The report from the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed what we have all been thinking, this July has been the hottest on average in over 100 years of weather reporting. Weather forecaster David Crock points out that Queensland, Northern Western Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales were hit with the heat wave more than any other states.
It’s due to a ridge of high pressure in eastern Australia, which has seen clear skies and a warm air mass all over the country.
"The inland areas have certainly been warmer away from the cooling influence of the ocean … but certainly, some of the temperature anomalies extend right across northern Australia.
Queensland had its warmest July on record for both maximum, and minimum temperatures across the whole state — parts of Queensland have been very dry."
Australia, particularly the East has remained warm due to the high-pressure system preventing the cold fronts moving north.
Greg Browning, a meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, explains:
"This background warming signal that we're seeing right across the globe associated with global warming. It seems like the warming conditions we've seen right across the globe are just becoming commonplace, and we're seeing them in monthly temperatures on a regular basis."
According to reports posted in the Nature Climate Change journal the hot climate will increase if global warming was kept to the Paris Climate Summit target of 1.5C.
There is a severe drought warning if these temperatures continue to rise. Though Professor Roger Stone said further research needed to be conducted. To confirm the theory. He explains that El Nino has a fairly noticeable impact on in Queensland.
In my opinion, it would be good to see some other follow-up studies besides this very useful one in Nature Climate Change and see other groups around the world if they get the same results perhaps before we get too alarmed by this.