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Australia endures hottest spring ever, with average temperatures more than 2C above average
(The Guardian, 1 Dec 2020) Maximum heat in November was an average of 2.9C above the long-term mean, despite a La Niña event, which typically brings cooler patterns.
Australia has sweltered through its hottest spring and November on record, with both the season and the month more than 2C warmer than the long-term average.
Temperatures in spring were 2.03C hotter than average across night and day. In November, they were 2.47C above the long-term mean, which is measured across the years 1961-90.
Maximum heat in November went even further beyond what Australians are used to, on average reaching 2.9C above the historic mark. The previous record average was 2.4C above the long-term mark, set in November 2014.
Large areas in the east and south-east experienced maximums more than 10C above average on a number of days late in the month, with many weather stations in New South Wales breaking their record for the hottest day and night on 28 or 29 November.
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