Turning of the seasons has temperatures on the rise in Australia.
This change is especially evident in the northwest, where temperatures have soared well above 100 degrees.
Monday, much as last Saturday and Sunday, the most intense heat stretched from the Kimberly to the Pilbara in the vast state of Western Australia.
A high of 108 degrees was set at Fitzroy Crossing, whereas Curtin topped at 107 degrees.
Also on Monday, the Pilbara's perennial hot spot of Marble Bar checked in with 107 degrees. A high of 106 degrees was registered in Telfer.
Even the coast wasn't spared, as regional commercial hub Port Hedland tallied a high of 103.
Chalk up the heat to the normal march of the seasons, being that the Southern Hemisphere has now entered spring. Thus, the overhead midday sun is now south of the Equator, where it can deliver northern Australia a withering dose of solar energy each day.
Furthermore, much of the region is near the tail end of the yearly dry season, which coincides with the southern winter, and the dry ground easily superheats. Indeed, the last three months of the year are typically the hottest for a wide area of northern Australia.
The end of the most persistent heat will come with the onset of seasonal cloudbursts, near the start of the new year.
High temperatures throughout Australia on Oct. 7, 2012, as mapped in degrees Celsius by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The hottest areas of northwestern Australia topped 42 degrees C, or about 106 degrees F.
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!