Record breaking temperatures


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The Northern Territory recorded its hottest winter month on record this August, with several long-term climate records broken.

"Every weather reporting station in the Alice Springs district exceeded its previous hottest August, many by several degrees", said Sam Cleland, manager of the Bureau of Meteorology's Northern Territory Climate Services Centre.

The previous August maximum temperature record in the district of 34.0°C was surpassed on three consecutive days with 34.7°C on the 21st, 35.2°C on the 22nd and 35.1°C, with a new record established twice on consecutive days (the 21st and 22nd).

Meanwhile, the average maximum temperature for the month as a whole in the district was 28.1°C, which was a large 5.6°C greater than the August average. The average minimum temperature of 10.4°C was also 4.4°C greater than the long-term August average.

"The hot August followed from warmer than usual June and July," said Cleland, "and many [other] stations in southern parts of the Territory also reported their warmest winter on record."

In Darwin, the Territory capital, the daily average maximum temperature was 32.0°C, 0.7°C greater than the long-term mean for August.

This news comes as other temperature records are being broken around the nation, and following the recent announcement that the largest temperature jump in the global record was recorded in July.

From June to July this year, the global average temperature jumped 0.41°C, which was the largest one-month jump in the 31-year global temperature record.

July 2009 was, globally, the second hottest July on record.