Thermometers plunged across Tasmania last month with a number of locations either busting or equaling long-standing low temperature records. And looking at latest GFS runs, there’s a lot more of that anomalous cold on the way as Australia enters September and meteorological spring.
Devonport, located on Tasmania’s north coast, where the Mersey River meets Bass Strait, equaled its coldest-ever August minimum avg. temp last month, with 3.5C (38.3F) observed at its airport, the city’s official measuring station.
After checking data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), the only other time the mercury has averaged a reading that low in the month of August was back in 2015.
For reference, Devonport AP’s August avg. min stands at 5C (41F).
The BOM have also noted that NW Tasmania experienced much cooler-than-average days throughout August, adding that the nights were also cold — overall, the average temperature across the NW was some 0.22C below August’s monthly mean.
In addition, Mount Read, which is located in the West Coast region, just averaged its lowest minimum temperature for the month of August since 1998 (solar minimum of cycle 22) with a measurement of -1.1C (30F) — the norm being 0C (32F).
And there’s a lot more anomalous cold on the way, as Australia heads into September and meteorological spring. Don’t pack-away your winter hats just yet Aussies as latest GFS-runs reveal the frigid, below-average temps won’t only be affecting Tasmania but will also push northwards and engulf enormous portions of the mainland too, particularly Central & Eastern regions:
GFS TEMP ANOMALY (for SEPT 08)
The cold times are returning, in line with historically low solar activity.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift