Of the first 15 days in March only one was below the average (and only by half a degree). The rest have ranged from one to nine degrees hotter.
This means that we are running at 28.1C as our average daytime high temperature (as of the end of March 15th - other articles you may read have data that is two days old).
This is not far from the record set in 1940 (28.9C) and well above the long term average of 23.9C.
And its hotter than what we experienced in every month of summer!
Why? A high pressure system has taken up residence over the southern Tasman Sea. This pushes wet weather into New South Wales and Queensland (Sydney recorded 150mm while we saw just 0.4mm) - and then the winds continue around and turn hot and dry for us.
Here is the full explanation: