November to March is usually the warmest period in Australia where January and February are usually the warmest and it can often be very high temperatures.
It also meant that the country was badly ravaged by fire from the end of 2019 and a few months into 2020. Up to 19 million hectares burned up, 33 people died and three billion animals died in the fires.
"It is difficult to imagine any other event in the world in modern times that has killed so many animals," the World Wide Fund for Nature wrote in a report.
Can be 40 degrees
As we now enter the last weekend in November, the first extreme heat is also hitting the country.
It is warned that there may be temperatures of over 40 degrees in Sydney and the authorities advise people to stay indoors, reports Reuters.
During the early spring there was plenty of rain, but during November the precipitation has been very low and the month seems to go down in history as one of the warmest months of November so far, according to the Australian Weather Bureau of Meteorology (Bom).
- November has been unusual in many ways.
It has only come about half of the normal precipitation and it is very possible that November will be the hottest November we have measured, says Andrew Watkins, head of climate operations at Bom.
Risk of grass fires
As the rain came in the spring, the grass had the opportunity to grow.
Something that can now have major consequences with the risk of grass fires.
- The grass may be greener, but it does not take long for it to dry out when the summer heat comes, says Richard Thornton, CEO of Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Center.