Having only just pulled the blankets out of the cupboards, Gold Coasters will find it easy to believe we’ve just been through our hottest autumn on record.
A new report by the Climate Council has revealed that a slew of records were broken during March, April and May.
The Abnormal Autumn report found Australia just experienced its warmest March, second-warmest April and second-warmest May on record with thanks to a “climate change supercharged El Nino”.
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Gold Coasters tossed and turned during May, with the mercury refusing to drop below 21.7 degrees during the night of May 10.
“Many Australians have forgotten what a normal autumn feels like,” Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said.
“And while balmy nights and beach days during May might seem nice, they’re actually a symptom of a climate that is spiralling out of control,” she added.
“Normally when records are broken, they’re only broken by a very small amount. But what we’re seeing now is records being set by enormous amounts, month after month.”