Australia had its warmest winter, and India had its warmest August since records began
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology announced today, Friday, that the warmest winter has been recorded in Australia since 1910, when official records began.
Simon Grainger, chief climatologist at ABM, explained that the average August temperature of 16.75°C, although a low, beat the record set in 1996, and this year also saw the second-highest maximum temperature and the highest minimum temperature. It is ever recorded in Australia.
The high winter temperatures are due to the La Niña weather phenomenon, which in recent years has resulted in increasingly warm winters and cooler, wetter summers across much of Australia. Australian researchers have repeatedly pointed this out
Phenomena attributed to climate change increase the likelihood of natural disasters, wildfires, forest fires, floods and hurricanes.
They also warned that after recent wetter summers, a much drier summer could come in Australia next year, which could lead to a repeat of bushfires in 2019 and 2020. Forest fires three years ago devastated forest areas on the eastern coast of the continent, killing millions of animals and filling urban air with toxic gases.
The year 2023 also set records for wind speeds in Australia: some gusts reached 289 kilometers per hour, and a violent tropical cyclone caused damage in the northwestern part of the continent.
The Indian Meteorological Service also said on Friday that since 1901, August was the warmest ever in the Asian country, since official measurements began.
According to the statement, the reason for this is that the summer monsoon period was accompanied by much less rain than usual, and thus the air became hotter.
According to data from Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth satellite observation program, July 2023 was the hottest month ever in Earth’s history, after many parts of the world were hit by extreme heat waves and fires at the same time.
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