Heat-weary Australia has registered its hottest day, meteorological readings have shown.
The nation has suffered a week of extreme heat; heat that has shattered record temperatures while also sparking hundreds of bushfires.
Monday was called the "hottest day on record" after the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) calculated a national average high temperature of 40.33 degrees C (104.6 degrees F), the Australian ABC News website said.
The single average temperature was compiled from between 700 and 800 daily readings spread across the country, the BoM's Dr. Donald Jones said.
The former record high, set in 1972, was part of a comprehensive Australian weather record that dates back to the start of 1911.
Dr. Jones hinted that Tuesday's national average temperature would beat Monday's "by another 0.1 or 0.2 of a degree."
Another hot weather benchmark, according to Dr. Jones, would be the run of hot days, or days of at least 39 degrees C.
Whereas the standing record for such days was four, Monday marked the sixth day in the ongoing run, with at least another one to two days possible.
The stuff of records -- map of highest temperatures throughout Australia on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, as compiled by the Bureau of Meteorology. The BoM have determined that this was the nation's hottest day on average in more than 100 years of weather record. The highest rank shown is 45 degrees C/113 degrees F and above. (Image credit: Bureau of Meteorology)
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!