Peter Berkeley reports in from Queensland. From ABC News:
Winter in Australia this year was hot and dry with the average maximum temperature up nearly 2 degrees Celsius above the long-term trend.
- Hottest winter since records began in 1910
- Ninth driest winter on record
- More high pressure systems prevented rain
The 2017 winter was the hottest since 1910 when national records began, according to Bureau of Meteorology figures released today. …
Nineteen of the last 20 winters have now had average maximum daily temperatures above the 1961 to 1990 average.
Andrew King, climate extremes research fellow from the University of Melbourne, uses a range of computer climate models created all over the world to tease out the different factors causing extreme weather events.
His analysis of the factors behind this winter’s record heat showed that the influence of climate change increased the likelihood of this winter’s record warmth by at least sixty-fold.
Dr King said a very clear human influence could be seen in Australia’s winter.