Australia's hot, smoky summer comes to a soggy end in Sydney | p_hannam
With just a couple of days to the end of summer, the Harbour City will likely end February with temperatures averaging about 27.3 degrees for the season.Larger text size Very large text size Sydney's smoky, sweaty and dry start to summer has come to a soggy and stormy end to what will be one of the country three hottest seasons on record. With just a couple of days to the end of summer, the Harbour City will likely end February with temperatures averaging about 27.3 degrees for the season, according to Ben Domensino, a Weatherzone meteorologist. That is about 1.7 degrees above the long-term average for Observatory Hill, in Sydney's CBD. Smoke from bushfires was a regular feature in Sydney for much of the summer. Credit: Janie Barrett Bushfires near Sydney meant many days from November until about the end of January featured poor air quality. December alone was the driest in the city's records going back to 1858, with just 1.6 millimetres of rain. Heavy rain soaked the city with the heaviest four-day deluge earlier this month, bringing February's total to 441.8 millimetres so far. All up, Sydney has collected about 514.6 millimetres, making it the city's wettest summer since 1991-92, Mr Domensino said. Advertisement A similar pattern was true for most of NSW, with a dry, dusty and record heat making way for a wetter, more moderate end to the season. Loading "It was exceptionally dry - record dry - in December, a bit more mixed in January, and in February we tended to see a bit more rainfall, particularly close to the coast," Andrew Watkins, a senior climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said. "It's looking like we'll be well above 2 degrees warmer than average for the summer as a whole for NSW," Dr Watkins said. For the country as a whole, this summer will likely end up one of the three hottest for daytime temperatures in records going back to 1910, the bureau said. Despite good rain for some areas in February, summer rainfall was below average. Loading The climate drivers for the summer of extremes came mostly from the Indian Ocean and to the south of Australia. "At the start of summer, we saw both a very strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole and a near-record negative Southern Annular Mode, and that resulted in both the warmest and driest December on record, with significant fire weather throughout many parts of the country," Dr Watkins said. The shift towards more neutral conditions and the exceptionally late arrival of the northern monsoon brought tropical moisture to the continent, taking the edge off the centre's extreme heat. "The rainfall helped contain many of the long-lived bushfires in the east and helped ease drought conditions in some locations. But many inland regions experienced only patchy rainfall and we still need to see sustained rainfall to relieve drought in many areas," Dr Watkins said. For the coming autumn, the odds favour average rainfall for NSW and warmer than normal temperatures. "We're looking at above-average rainfall in March to start off autumn but then easing back towards more neutral patterns, more average patterns, for the remaining months of the season," Dr Watkins said. Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald
p_hannam Meanwhile it’s freezing & snowing in Tasmania right now, last time I looked the little island was still part of Australia. No sign on your globalwarming here. geoengineering Piers_Corbyn RealMarkLatham auspol
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