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After a really cold start to May it sure has been a welcome change from our usual May weather. There has been another 2 great days since the 22nd as well... plus another one tomorrow.

Forecast says cooler next week!


[h=1]Adelaide records 10 consecutive May days above 22C[/h]


  • Environment Reporter Katrina Stokes
  • The Advertiser
  • May 22, 2014 5:04PM








Warm, sunny days and beautiful sunsets have been the order of things this May — like it was almost a century ago. Source: Supplied





ADELAIDE recorded its warmest streak for the month of May on Thursday, matching a record set nearly a century ago.


The temperature at Kent Town reached 25.4C at 2pm, making it the 10th consecutive day of 22C or more this month — equalling a record set in May 1918.

Another record of 12 days above 22C was set in 1957 - but ranging across May and June.

This is compared to May’s average daytime maximum of 18.9C.

The warm spell comes after Adelaide recorded its coldest start to May on record and the chilliest May day in more than three decades, when the maximum was just 12C on May 2.

Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Darren Ray said the mild weather was “pretty unusual” for this time of year.



Lake Cargelligo on a cold winter's morning in June. Pic: Carol Beattie





Anna Bay Beach. Pic: Robert McNeil














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“We’ve got a really large high pressure system sitting over the east of Australia and that’s basically bringing northerly winds and clear skies,” he said.

While Mr Ray said a cold front could hit the state next week, the long-term weather outlook was pointing to a milder than average June.

“There are some indications that June is going to be a bit warmer than average as well,” he said.

“We could see this clear and mild conditions through to June.”

Tomorrow’s forecast is a possible shower with an expected maximum of 21C.

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It was really cold a few weeks back and I thought winter had come early. Can't believe how nice it has been recently. Not looking forward to winter. A retired friend of mine is going to Cairns in a few weeks for 5 months travelling in that region and eventually making her way back to Adelaide via the Ocean Road. Sounds like heaven to me.

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[h=1]No relief in sight as 'warm wave' rolls on[/h] aap_small_rgb_17sra9l-17sra9u.jpg Peter Trute June 2, 2014, 3:46 pm







climate_change_1280_19oo5aq-19oo5cd.jpg?x=656&sig=N8mKe.GV6zTO2rTmoNmzlA-- Getty Images "Climate change is here, it's happening, and Australians are already feeling its impact." Australia has experienced its hottest two years on record and high temperatures are set to continue through winter in a clear sign climate change is having an impact, a new report warns.

May 2012 to April 2014 was the hottest 24-month period ever recorded in Australia, but that is likely to be eclipsed by the two years between June 2012 and May 2014, according to the Climate Commission's latest report, Abnormal Autumn.

"We have just had an abnormally warm autumn, off the back of another very hot 'angry summer'," Climate Council Professor Will Steffen said.

"The past two-year period has delivered the hottest average temperature we have ever recorded in Australia.

"Climate change is here, it's happening, and Australians are already feeling its impact."

The average temperature across Australia in April was 1.11C above the long-term average, the report says, citing Bureau of Meteorology figures.

The average minimum temperature was 1.31C above normal.

Unseasonable temperatures in the autumn "warm wave" set records, with Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne setting benchmarks for the consecutive number of May days when the mercury reached 20C or higher.

In its report, the Climate Council says the abnormally warm weather in April and May "are part of a longer-term trend towards hotter conditions in the summer months and more warm spells in autumn and winter".

It says each of the 12-month periods ending in January, February, March and April 2014 have been record warm periods for Australia, with May figures on track to also be a new high.

"Such records are consistent with the ongoing global and Australia-wide, multi-decadal trends towards a hotter climate," the report says.

Meteorologists predict a high likelihood that Australia will experience an El Nino event - characterised by below-average rainfall in the east and south - in coming months.

The Climate Council says an El Nino could worsen the impacts of climate change, leading to hotter, drier weather.

The Climate Council is a crowd-funded, independent organisation created by the members of the former Climate Commission, which was axed by the coalition government when it came to power in 2013.

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