Australia...good beach weather and bad for bush fires. Antarctic oscillation brings a record breaking run of hot weather as capitals break 30C [86F] http://www.news.com.au/technology/e...c/news-story/d31312ba853d58b8aafba140e37ebf37 Well, it’s not all SAM’s fault but SAM must take a huge chunk of the blame. What is SAM, you say? It’s the Southern Annular Mode. A fancy term for the wild and biting winds that shoot around Antarctica. Currently in a positive phase, it’s left us to bask in a record breaking run of hot, clammy days. And it’s been some record. In Sydney, the city has now sweltered through 32 days straight of highs above 26C, breaking — by some margin — the previous record of 19 days in a row which occurred in 2014. It’s not much better at night either with only two nights in February dipping below 19C. Sydney has already had two heatwaves in 2016.