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What’s a ‘cold monsoon’? And is it the best way to describe Adelaide’s climate?

monsoonal flooding
The idea of a ‘cold monsoon’ had been applied to other weather patterns in China and India, Professor Shulmeister said. Photo: People play in monsoonal flooding in a street in Mumbai. AP: Rajanish Kakade

As South Australia and Victoria brace for more wild, wet weather, an Adelaide biologist says the notion that the city has a Mediterranean climate should be reconsidered.

Adelaide has traditionally basked in the notion of having hot dry summers and cold wet winters.

But a lifetime spent studying the city’s water and climate has convinced biologist, Professor Chris Daniels, the Mediterranean comparison is mistaken.

“The idea of a cold monsoon much better describes Adelaide’s situation,” Professor Daniels said.

“That’s because the term ‘cold monsoon’ captures the image of having a large amount of rain in a short period of time, of getting these heavy downpours that can cause quite significant flash flooding and then having long stretches of dry weather…


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