Half way through March and its nearly record breaking with more hot weather to come

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.

March 2017 so far. One day below average, 14 days above average in Melbourne.

March 2017 so far. One day below average, 14 days above average in Melbourne.

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.

The first 15 days of March have brought an average daytime high of 28.1C. The record is 28.9C.

The first 15 days of March have brought an average daytime high of 28.1C. The record is 28.9C.

And its hotter than what we experienced in every month of summer!

This March is turning out to be hotter than December, January and February.

This March is turning out to be hotter than December, January and February.

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.

A high over the southern Tasman Sea is refusing to budge. It has been there for most of March so far.

A high over the southern Tasman Sea is refusing to budge. It has been there for most of March so far.


Here is the full explanation: