The world clocked up a new weather record in September — taking the title of the hottest month across the globe since records began nearly 150 years ago.
September was the hottest month worldwide since records began in 1880, according to the US climate authority the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The average temperature over the global land and ocean surface was 0.97 degrees Celsius above the average for the 20th century of 15 degrees, the NOAA said on Wednesday.
This means September 2020 surpassed the same months in 2015 and 2016, which were the climate monitor’s previous record holders, by 0.02 degrees.
Countries in Europe, Asia and South America were among those that experienced particularly warm weather during the month.
The European Copernicus Climate Change Service has also said that last month was the warmest September it had recorded since it began its own records in 1979.
In Australia, the national mean temperature was the second-highest on record for September at 2.55 degrees Celcius warmer than average, behind the record set in 2013.
Bureau of Meteorology records show both mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were well above average for September at 2.61 degrees Celcius above average, second-highest on record, and 2.49 degrees Celcius above average, the highest on record, respectively.
Temperatures soared across most of Australia and a number of stations in northern WA had their highest September mean daily maximum temperatures on record.
WA’s mean temperature was 2.3C above average and the highest on record for September.
Eucla, Lancelin, Jurien Bay, Paynes Find, Murchison, Forrest, Argyle and Mount Magnet all recorded their highest ever temperatures for September.
WA temperature records tumble:
- Mandora in the Kimberley recorded six days in total with temperatures at or above 40C, a record for September beating its previous four days in 1983.
- Fitzroy Crossing had 10 days in total (including five consecutive days between September 24 and 29) with temperatures at or above 40C, which was its record high count for September. The previous record was eight days in 2013.
- WA’s south-east was also sizzling, on Septemebr 10 Eucla and Forrest both exceeded their previous September temperature record.
(SOURCE: Bureau of Meteorology WA)