Warm start to spring for southern Australia

30 Aug, 2011 06:31 AM
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Parts of southern Australia are in for a warm start to spring with the temperature likely to hit the mid 20s near the coast and low 30s inland.

If Adelaide reaches 25 degrees this Saturday, it will be their warmest start to spring in five years.

Melbourne is also in for its warmest start to spring in five years if it reaches 20 degrees this Friday and Saturday. Two 20-degree days this early in spring hasn't happened in Melbourne since 2006, when it reached 25 on the first two days of September.

Whilst this is looking like the warmest start to winter in five years, it won't be as warm as the end of winter in 2009 or 2007, when both Adelaide and Melbourne comfortably warmed past the mid twenties.

Later this week, northerly winds will develop and drag some heat from the north of the country, where it exceeded 35 degrees on the weekend.

The heat is starting to edge south in Western Australia. Mid thirties is already being experienced in the Pilbara, which is a little earlier than normal for some parts.

Yesterday Onslow even broke a 100-year August heat record, reaching 35.5 degrees, beating the previous record by one-and-a-half degrees, set in both 1988 and 1982.

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