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Weather News - Melbourne on target for coldest July in 17 yearsRob Sharpe, 28 July 2015
Melbourne is struggling through a July more typical of the mid 1900's.
Weather has been the talk of the town in Melbourne for the last few weeks. For many of our youth it has been the coldest July they have ever experienced. Meanwhile for our elders it has been weather more similar to when they were young.
By the 31st of July, the month's average minimum temperature will be approximately 6.7 degrees, with an average top of 13.3 degrees (combined average of 10.0 degrees). This will bring the month in as the coldest July since 1998. However, this is still slightly warmer than the 160 year averages of 6.0 and 13.5 degrees.
This month has been quite extraordinary by recent standards. Last July had a combined average temperature of 11.5 degrees and the year before set a new record warm July of 12.3 degrees (with min of 8.8 and max of 15.8). Many people will have found this July to be much colder than any other they can remember.
It is therefore quite hard to imagine what July would have been like when the record was set in 1901. In that year the average minimum was 4.7 and the average maximum was 12.2.
If there was a period in history when this year would have sat nicely in the record books, then it would probably be placed in the middle of the 20th century. For those who hate the cold, they probably hope it is at least 17 years until we see a July this cold again.
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Weather News - Parts of NSW on track for coldest July in around 17 yearsAnthony Duke, 28 July 2015
For many across New South Wales, July has been a cold month and for the younger generation, many won't be able to remember a month so cold.
Using the next few days forecasts as a guide, it appears that some places including Sydney, are on track to endure their coldest July since 1998. Looking at maximum and minimums combined, Sydney's average temperature is set to be 12.6 degrees, which is actually 0.4 degrees warmer than the 156 year average. Despite being above that long-term average, this year's cold month has been particularly noticeable when compared to recent years; the last two Julys fell into the top ten warmest on record.
Temperatures were noticeably colder on the Southern and Central Tablelands which saw scenes of a winter wonderland in the middle of the month. Orange, which saw some of the best snowfall, is heading for its coldest July in seven years, while Grenfell may also endure through its coldest July since at least 1996.
In the west, many places have seen some cold days with maximum temperatures suffering the most. Towns across the Upper Western have seen days one to two degrees colder than normal. Just using maximum temperatures, Bourke will have seen its coldest July days in 17 years.
With significant El Nino conditions being observed in the Pacific, the next couple of months into spring are expected to see temperatures trend above average across eastern Australia.
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Weather News - Temperatures soaring over the Top EndBen McBurney, 27 July 2015
While the south of the nation shivers through yet another cold blast, the Northern Territory's Top End is sweltering as temperatures soar into the mid 30s.
Darwin soared to 34.4 degrees at around 1:30pm, making it the hottest July day for five years.
Batchelor fell just short of 35 degrees, however it also reached 35.6 degrees yesterday, its hottest July day in six years.
Combining with a dry and gusty southeasterly flow, fire danger is soaring to severe levels, with a total fire ban in force for the Darwin, Batchelor, Adelaide River and Pine Creek Emergency Response Areas.
The cause of the hot, fiery conditions has been clear skies combining with a high pressure system over the Bight, pushing the hot, dry and gusty southeasterly winds across the region.
Temperatures will cool down by a couple of degrees from tomorrow as cooler air reaches the region, however daytime temperatures will still remain warmer than average.
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