Australia braces itself for seasonal temperature surge

As records continue to tumble across the globe with regarding to soaring temperatures, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (ABM) has indicated that early spring records are now set to be broken.

Indeed, temperatures are expected to peak up to 16 degrees Celsius (60 Fahrenheit) above the September average.

A temperature of 34.2 degrees Celsius (93.5 degrees Fahrenheit) has already been recorded at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport – more than 12 degrees above the September mean, according to ABM data.

The ABM said it expected several early spring records were likely to be broken over the next few days, calling the heat “very uncommon for September”.

“A reprieve from the heat is not expected until Wednesday onwards, as a stronger cold front crosses the south-eastern states,” the weather bureau said in a social media post.

Temperatures in Sydney’s west are expected to hit 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 F) on Monday before dropping to about 22 degrees Celsius (71 F) on Thursday, the weather bureau forecasts showed.

Australia is bracing for a hotter southern hemisphere spring and summer this year after the possibility of an El Nino has strengthened. The weather forecaster said the weather event could likely develop between September and November.

El Nino can prompt extreme weather events from wildfires to cyclones and droughts in Australia, with authorities already warning of heightened bushfire risks this summer.