Contributors to the record high temperatures across Australia in late spring 2014

Pandora Hope, Eun-Pa Lim, Guomin Wang, Harry H Hendon, Julie Michelle Arblaster

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Australia experienced in 2014 its highest springtime mean maximum temperature (Tmax) since records began in 1910. The Australian-mean Tmax was 2.32°C above the 1961–90 mean, and 0.26°C warmer than the previous record set in 2013 (Bureau of Meteorology 2014). While September was very warm, both October and November had the hottest Australia-average Tmax on record, with maximum temperatures 2.76°C and 2.18°C above their 1961–90 means, respectively, and the south-east was particularly warm. Here we focus on the causes of the October–November extreme Tmax anomaly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S149-S169
Number of pages21
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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