Depending on where exactly you live in Australia, you may have gotten the sense that July was a touch warmer than expected. Now, the figures have come through to confirm what your boardshort-wearing mates may have told you: it was actually the bloody warmest July on record.

The Bureau Of Meteorology reports the nation’s average temperature over the past month well and truly topped any other July. In more than a century of record-keeping, July 2017 now reigns supreme.

That heat was partially aided by a high-pressure system which lingered over much of the nation’s east, shielding the nation’s interior from chillier blasts emerging from Victoria and parts of New South Wales.

Greg Browning, a meteorologist with BOM, said the whole deal was indicative of a “background warming signal.”

“The warming conditions we’ve seen right across the globe are just becoming commonplace,” he added.

As a result, Sydney actually recorded its warmest July day ever on Sunday, where a temperature of 26C was recorded at Observatory Hill. Huge regions of Queensland were noted for their extraordinary temperatures. The Northern Territory was also mighty sweaty, with its average temperature for the month a full 3 degrees above July standards.

August is also expected to be warmer than average in several regions across the nation. We suggest enjoying the sunny outlook, before the existential threat of climate change really crushes your vibe.

Source: ABC