Australia has sweltered through its hottest March on record with new data revealing warmer than average conditions throughout the country.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) found temperatures reached new highs during the third month of the year with little relief for residents following a scorching summer, the ABC reports.
Meanwhile, some parts of the country received below average rainfall and other parts were well above the usual downpour due to the flurry of cyclones during the period.
The last month’s hot weather followed a scorching summer filled with heatwaves.
Speaking to the ABC on the matter, BOM Senior Climatologist Blair Trewin said overall Australia recorded a 2.2 degree increase in temperatures for the first quarter of the year.
“We’ve had the hottest January, we’ve had the hottest March and February and was also in the top five,” he explained.
“Even for an individual month that would be a very significant margin, but to be breaking a three month period record by nearly a degree is something which we would see very rarely, if ever in a continent the size of Australia.”
Sadly for those who don’t enjoy the heat, the warm weather isn’t over yet with more hot days on the way over the coming months.
According to BOM both days and nights are likely to be warmer than average from April to June. Overall, the chance of above average temperatures for overnight minimums is around 80 per cent for most of the country, the ABC reports.
Meanwhile, the likeliness of experiencing warmer than normal maximum temperatures is 65 to 75 per cent.
Our #BOMOutlook for April–June shows no strong tendency towards significantly wetter or drier conditions across much of Australia. Days and nights are likely to be warmer than average.
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— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) March 28, 2019
However, rainfall is not expected to be out of the ordinary with only around a 50 per cent chance of records being above median.
“While there is no significant shift towards wetter or drier conditions in this outlook, the past two to three decades have seen a decline in autumn rainfall across much of southern Australia,” BOM explained in its forecast.
“For example, since 1990, 24 of the 29 years have had rainfall totals in southeast Australia below the historical (1961-1990) average.”