Saturday, March 27, 2010

It's still warm(ish) in Hobart, Tasmania

The other day I posted about Melbourne having a record 100 days where the maximum temperature was over 20C. Now it's 108 days and still counting, that's 30 days more than the previous stretch.

Down in Hobart they've had a record spell of warmer than normal weather as well. Here is some of what the Bureau has to say:
Come Saturday, Hobart should have had 100 consecutive days where the temperature reached at least 17 °C. This is easily the longest run of such mild weather recorded in Hobart, where comparable records extend back to 1895. It is common to have mild weather interrupted by a few cool days, even in summer. 20 °C is forecast for both Friday and Saturday, and the run of mild weather is forecast to continue into next week.

On 17 December 2009, the temperature in Hobart reached only 12.4 °C. But since then the coldest day has been 17.4 °C on 27 February — the hottest was 38.3 °C on New Year's Eve.

The previous longest stretch of such mild weather saw 72 consecutive days with the temperature reaching 17 °C from 7 December 2002 to 16 February 2003. On only 7 occasions in Hobart's climate record have there been 50 consecutive days over 17 °C — ending in 1900, 1961, 1972, 1979, 2001, 2003 and now 2010.

Hobart's average daily maximum temperature from December 2009 to March 2010 so far has been 23.0 °C, over 2 °C above the long-term average of 20.9 °C for those 4 months, and likely to be a record.

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