Summer has certainly come early, with the Bureau of Meteorology confirming we’ve logged our hottest September day in over a century.
The heatwave had other weather records for September dropping like flies.
From the 23rd to the 29th of the month, 31 locations across Australia recorded their hottest September day on record.
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The Bureau’s Amanda McKenzie said the rise in temperatures is due to climate change.
“It’s shocking that parts of southeast Australia are already experiencing fires in August and September this year,” she said.
“Climate change is influencing bushfires by increasing the occurrence of dangerous fire weather and the bushfire season length.”
The spike in temperatures, as well as low humidity and high winds, sparked a series of fires across South East Queensland and forced a total fire ban on the Gold Coast.
Further BoM studies show the high temperatures are set to hit farmers in the hip pocket, with New South Wales wheat crops this year forecast to be cut in half compared to last year.