Over the past week, South-Eastern Australia and in particular the 3 main cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart have copped one of the most vigorous stretches of heat ever to sweep through during Spring (November).
Melbourne: Melbourne City had never recorded 6+ straight days of 28ºc+ during Spring in its 162 years of weather data.. during this week this is highly likely to be smashed as the city recorded its 6th straight day above 28ºc today and its likely to reach 33ºc during Friday and then 30ºc on Saturday making it 8 straight days and beating the previous record of 5 straight set in 2009 and 1896.
The past 6 days (including today) have seen temperatures of 28.1ºc, 29.3ºc, 30.8ºc, 32.8ºc, 32.3ºc & 29.7ºc. This run of heat has allowed large parts of Victoria to experience thunderstorms on various days with the weekend just gone seeing some of the more severe cells (especially through Greater Melbourne). Typically Melbourne averages 22ºc this time of year.
Hobart: Hobart has not experienced a run of 6 straight days above 25ºc in ANY MONTH since 1890 (127 years) and specifically in November since 1881 (136 years). Over the last 5 days, Hobart’s maximum has reached: 29.8ºc, 27.5ºc, 26.6ºc, 29.3ºc and 31.5ºc… as of 1pm Thursday (the 6th day in the run) Hobart had climbed to a very warm 30.6ºc.
Hobart is expected to remain well above average over the next few days and could extend this run of 6 straight days to 9 straight days, but thats highly dependant on Friday which is forecast to reach 25ºc with up to 28ºc just North of Hobart. Saturday and Sunday should see temps into the high 20’s.
Adelaide: Adelaide had one of the more obscure records out of the bunch, but the City of Churches had only once recorded a 72hr+ period (3 straight nights) of 24ºc+ in Spring. This was matched this week when Adelaide could only manage minimums of 24.2ºc, 25.4ºc and 26.5ºc (granted the majority of all of these nights was spent at 28ºc+ also). The only other time this occurred in the last 130 years was October 30 to November 1 1987