Perth setting new summer temperature records

It is a long hot summer in Perth with new temperature records being set. Perth has just broken its record for the greatest number of consecutive warm nights. The last 14 consecutive nights the temperatures has remained above 20 degrees. The previous record was 13 days in February-March 1985 and February-March 1990.

For day time temperatures Perth has endured 21 consecutive days of temperatures over 30 degrees. Perth is predicted to swelter for at least another week in over 30 degree heat. It is very likely this will be Perth's hottest summer on record with the previous record being 25 consecutive days of temperatures above 30 degrees.

Western Australia also has a new monthly rainfall record set in January at Kuri Bay in the Kimberley. 1339.5 mm of rainfall (1 to 27 January 2011) was recorded which is the highest monthly rainfall total ever recorded in Western Australia. The high rainfall was due to an active monsoon season in the north of the state, as a result of the current La Nina and aided by warmer than normal waters off the WA north coast.

"The actual monthly total was probably higher," said Mr Glenn Cook, WA Regional Climate Services Manager for the Bureau of Metorology, "given that the rainfall gauge overflowed before the observer was able to check the total on the very heavy rainfall day of the 11th, when 388.6 mm was observed."

Torrential rains, Cyclones, floods and heat waves. Australia is being subject to extreme weather events across the country. This is pretty much to be expected with global warming. Scientists have been warning for several years climate change is a reality in Australia and is set to make the Australian climate much warmer, wetter, with more extreme weather events.


Wow. It's been getting cooler in Brisbane, cooler in the east coast, cooler in New Zealand, cooler in South America and the northern hemisphere. And all you can do is narrow your focus to a few hot days in Perth as proof of human made global warming. You're desperate to maintain the Great Scare.

We were told that global warming causes drought. Now it rains a lot and that's global warming too.

Let me ask you this: what isn't a sign of global warming? News flash: the climate changes naturally all the time. Because it's all global warming to you. Enough of this ideology and enough of your carbon tax and mercury filled filled light bulbs.

The heat wave in Perth is an extreme weather event which fits the climate change trend for global warming. Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest year globally, and the last decade was the warmest decade on record.

"climate changes naturally all the time." you are confusing weather with climate. The climate doesn't change all the time, it is weather which changes, which has natural variability. Climate is the long term trends in weather events, precipitation, temperatures, etc.

There is a strong La Nina weather pattern dominating this summer which, along with record high sea surface temperatures around Australia, has brought significant rain and record floods moderating summer temperatures in southeastern Australia.

Global warming is no scare, it is here contributing to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

I love a sun burnt country a land of sweeping plains of rugged mountain rangers droughts and flooding rains I love her far horizon I love her jewel sea her beauty and her terror the wild brown land for me.

Yep nothings changed the climate is the same as it's ever been

Only the droughts, the rains, the floods, and bushfires are more intense, temperature records continue to be broken as we have in this story regarding Perth.

Don't take my word, ask CSIRO scientist Barrie Hunt

or read the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology State of the climate report

The skeptic here should learn the difference between 'Climate Change' and 'Global Warming'.

And as takver pointed out, the difference between weather and climate.

Go read the science. Not the shock-jock bloggers.

I thought the scientist were the shock jocks.
Ozone layer-every body will die and get cancer from UV radiation.
Global Warming - sea levels will rise and people will be flooded and Die.
Climate change skeptics- Its all crap nothing will happen.
Who's the shock jocks here fool!!!!!!

Victoria had the wettest summer since 1910/11 was that climate change in the 1910/11 summer too


what a simplistic view you have.

As I said before, this summer there was an extremely strong La Nina which brought a lot of rain and moderated temperatures.....and still 2010 managed to tie for equal hottest year on record globally and was the wettest year globally. With sea surface temperatures rising and higher atmospheric temperatures the hydro-cycle is more active - more storms, and of greater intensity.

Yes, Victoria experiencing it's wettest summer on record is part of the trend indicated by global warming.

El Nino/La Nina (El Nino Southern Oscillation -ENSO) has a major effect on global climate, but particularly around the Pacific rim. Come the next El Nino event and we are likely to get more record breaking temperatures, bushfires and drought.