Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Weather Clim. Dynam., 3, 413–428, 2022
Weather Clim. Dynam., 3, 413–428, 2022
Research article
05 Apr 2022
Research article | 05 Apr 2022

Tropical influence on heat-generating atmospheric circulation over Australia strengthens through spring

Roseanna C. McKay et al.

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Short summary
Understanding what makes it hot in Australia in spring helps us better prepare for harmful impacts. We look at how the higher latitudes and tropics change the atmospheric circulation from early to late spring and how that changes maximum temperatures in Australia. We find that the relationship between maximum temperatures and the tropics is stronger in late spring than early spring. These findings could help improve forecasts of hot months in Australia in spring.