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Record hot start to October across south-east Australia


Source: SMH 15 Oct 2015

Much of south-eastern Australia has recorded its hottest start to October, as the unusual warmth combines with dry conditions to elevate the fire risks from South Australia to NSW.

Melbourne and Sydney are likely to post their hottest first halves of October on record, with Melbourne already tracking about 1 degree warmer than the previous high set in 1940, Brett Dutschke, senior meteorologist with Weatherzone, said.

Sydney is topping the high point for heat posted in 1970, while Hobart, Canberra and Perth are also recording their hottest first halves of October, he said. Adelaide is running just shy of the mark.

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