So Hot in September
BOM drops a special climate statement explaining why it was so hot in September
Posted on 06.10.2017
We all lived through it, but the Bureau of Meteorology has made it official that September 2017 had some significantly hot days.
It was so significant that BOM released a Special Climate Statement for only the fourth time this year.
These in-depth documents are designed to give more information when unusual weather events occur in Australia.
“We broke quite a number of September temperature records,” said Agata Imielska, a senior BOM climatologist and one of the key contributors behind the statement.
“The most notable of those was the warmest September day for New South Wales’ state-wide average temperatures.”
But there were many more.
September 22 was Australia’s warmest September day since record began in 1911.
With dry conditions and high winds on top of all this heat, the Forest Fire Index was above-average for most of Australia for this event.
“We’ve been seeing very dry conditions, dry soils, all of those factors really exacerbating the bushfire risk
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