Not Coldest, But July In Sydney Is Actually The Hottest In 120,000 Years

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Not Coldest, But July In Sydney Is Actually The Hottest In 120,000 Years

Climate change is real. On an everyday basis, we come across news stories that talk about wildfires, high temperatures, low temperatures, flash floods, and more in the most unexpected cities and countries. Australia is joining the bandwagon as it experiences unseasonably warm weather. Sydney recorded its hottest ever month and also the hottest July this year. The temperatures soared unseasonably and gave rise to the hottest July in 120,000 years. 

Sydney Records Its Hottest July

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 This week, most of Australia has continued to suffer unseasonably warm weather, with Sydney setting a record for heat. 

On Observatory Hill in the CBD on Monday, July 31, meteorologists measured a high temperature of 23.5 degrees Celsius. The city’s highest temperature rose over the average minimum temperature of 19.89 degrees Celsius set in 2018 with this final July recording. 

The world is now formally in a phase of “global boiling,” and ocean temperatures all over the world have started to rise sharply. The current winter heat in Sydney is being caused by warm ocean conditions near Sydney and off the coast of Queensland.

The unusually warm weather is expected to last until Wednesday, August 3. Penrith and Bankstown reached a hefty 26 degrees Celsius on July 30, with Sydney clocking in at 25.2 degrees Celsius.

After temperatures remained at 8°C above normal for July over the weekend in certain parts of inland eastern Australia, four of Australia’s eight largest cities, including Sydney (22°C), Brisbane (27°C), Perth (20°C), and Darwin (33°C), were predicted to reach at least 20°C on Monday.

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Temperature Across The Globe Is Soaring

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Senior Bureau meteorologist Angus Hines predicted that the warm weather would linger into the coming week and stay above average at least through Wednesday.

 Around the world, July’s scorching temperatures have been sizzling. The United States Southwest, Spain, Italy, France, and Poland have all experienced extreme heat, in addition to blazing flames in Greece, Canada, Algeria, and Syria. 

It is anticipated that this month’s average worldwide temperature will be at least 0.2 degrees warmer than July 2019.

 The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) of the U.N. said it will finalise its data in August before announcing that July 2023 will go down in history as the world’s hottest month. (The Guardian)

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