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Autumn heatwave sets records in Australia

Published on May 18, 2014 6:55 AM
 
A couple posing for their wedding photo in front of Sydney's iconic Opera House last week. Along with much of south-eastern Australia, the capital of New South Wales is in the midst of an autumn heatwave that is setting records, with daily maximum temperatures 5 deg C or more above average. -- PHOTO: AFP

Sydney - May has so far been so warm that the authorities in Sydney are keeping outdoor swimming pools open longer than usual and at least one council is reviewing lifeguard numbers to cope with late-season beach-goers.

Along with much of south-eastern Australia, the capital of New South Wales is in the midst of an autumn heatwave that is setting records, with daily maximum temperatures 5 deg C or more above average, the Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday.

It was a similar story in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, where last Friday's 27.4 deg C maximum was the warmest recorded for this time of year since records began more than a hundred years ago.

Tasmania's capital Hobart, with 23.9 deg C last Thursday, also set a record for this time of year.

 
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