Whilst the Times are to be congratulated on this point, the problem is that they should have known all along that super-monsoons brought about by global warming are likely to cause heatwaves in temperate regions beyond this super-monsoon’s reach.
A study of summer temperatures in Melbourne, shielded by the Divide from the northerly airflow of a super-monsoon like 1973/1974, 1975/1976, 1996/1997 to 2000/2001, and every year since 2005/2006, demonstrates clearly how hot high-latitude weather increases under a super-monsoon.
Over these summers, Melbourne’s mean maxima four the four main months of the tropical wet season (December to March) is:
- In December: 25.1˚C as against 24.1 ˚C for all years
- In January: 27.5˚C as against 25.8˚C
- In February: 27.8˚C as against 25.8˚C
- In March: 25.1˚C as against 23.8˚C