Aug 02

The hottest July for at least the last 30 years in Cyprus

July 2017: the hottest July for at least the last 30 years

In July 2017 extremely high temperatures were recorded all over Cyprus. Specifically, the mean provisional daily maximum temperatures of Athalassa, Prodromos, Pafos Airport, Larnaka Airport and Paralimni are a record of high temperatures of July and rank July 2017 as the hottest for at least the last 30 years.

The table of “Ranking of Mean Daily Maximum Temperature for July” and the chart of Mean Daily Maximum, Minimum and Mean Temperature for the station of Athalassa for the period 1983-2017, are presented below.

Ranking of Mean Daily Maximum Temperature
Polis Chrysochous
Pafos A/P
Prodromos
Troodos
Lemesos
Athalassa R/S
Larnaka A/PParalimni
Year
Mean Daily
Year
Mean Daily
Year
Mean Daily
Year
Mean Daily
Year
Mean Daily
Year
Mean Daily
Year
Mean DailyYearMean Daily
Max Temp
Max Temp
Max Temp
Max Temp
Max Temp
Max Temp
Max Temp Max Temp
1
2016
35.4
2017
32.2
2017
31.3
2000
28.4
2012
35.2
2017
39.3
2017
34.6201736.5
2
1998
34.6
2012
31.8
2000
31.2
2017
28.2
2007
35.1
2000
39.1
2012
34.2201235.8
3
1968
34.5
2007
31.6
2001
30.1
2001
26.8
2011
34.6
2012
38.2
2000
34.1200835.3
4
1977
34.4
2016
31.5
2008
29.6
1998
26.6
2017
34.6
1998
38.2
2003
34.0201335.3
5
1988
34.3
1988
31.4
2011
29.6
1996
26.6
2000
34.5
2008
38.2
1978
33.9201635.3
6
2008
34.3
2002
31.2
2007
29.2
2007
26.6
1988
34.4
2007
38.2
2007
33.8201135.1
7
2007
34.2
2008
31.0
1980
29.1
2012
26.3
2015
34.2
1988
38.1
1988
33.8200035.0
8
1995
34.1
2000
30.9
2016
29.1
1980
26.3
2002
34.2
2016
38.0
2009
33.7200234.8
9
2017
34.1
2009
30.9
1996
29.0
2011
26.2
2004
34.1
2004
38.0
2004
33.6200734.8
10
1978
34.1
2011
30.8
2004
29.0
2004
26.1
2016
34.1
2003
37.7
2016
33.6200334.4
Feb 22

Heat Wave Breaks Records in Australia

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LPDAAC). Caption by Adam Voiland.

Heat waves are not unusual in Australia. A subtropical belt of high pressure that flows over the continent regularly delivers pulses of hot, dry air to the surface in the summer. Yet even by Australian standards, the intense heat wave of February 2017 has been remarkable.

When a high-pressure system stalled over central Australia, extreme temperatures emerged first in South Australia and Victoria and then spread to New South Wales, Queensland, and Northern Territory. With overheated bats dropping from trees and bushfires burning out of control, temperatures smashed records in many areas.

This map shows peak land surface temperatures between February 7 and 14, 2017, a period when some of the most extreme heating occurred. The map is based on data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. Note that it depicts land surface temperatures, not air temperatures. Land surface temperatures reflect how hot the surface of the Earth would feel to the touch in a particular location. They can sometimes be significantly hotter or cooler than air temperatures. (To learn more about LSTs and air temperatures, read: Where is the Hottest Place on Earth?)

On February 12, 2017, air temperatures rose to 46.6°C (115.9°F) in the coastal city of Port Macquarie, New South Wales, breaking the city’s all-time record by 3.3 degrees Celsius (5.9 degrees Fahrenheit). Two days earlier, the average maximum temperature across all of New South Wales hit a record-setting 42.4°C (108.3°F)—a record that was broken the next day when it rose to 44.0°C (111.2°F).

In some places, the duration of the heatwave has been noteworthy. Mungindi, a town on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, endured 52 days in a row when maximum temperatures exceeded 35°C (95°F)—a record for New South Wales.

Many scientists see exceptional heat waves like this as part of a broader trend. For instance, one study published by the Climate Council of Australia concluded that heatwaves—defined as at least three days of unusually high temperatures—grew significantly longer, more intense, and frequent between 1971 and 2008.