The local NCEP/NCAR index has risen rapidly in recent days. Not too much can be made of this, because it is a volatile index. But on 5 October, it reached 0.792°C. That is on an anomaly base of 1994-2013. It's about 0.2°C higher than anything in 2014. I've put a CSV file of daily values from start 2014 here.
Update: I have replaced the CSV at that link with a zipfile that contains the 2014/5 csv, a 1994-2013 csv, and a readme.
I see the associated WebGL map noticed the heat in Southern Australia. In Melbourne, we had two days at 35°C, which is very high for just two weeks after the equinox. And bad bushfires, also very unusual for early October.
Early results from TempLS mesh for Sept show a fall relative to August; TempLS grid is little changed. I'll post on that when more data is in.
Update. Today 0.865. Extraordinary. I naturally wonder if something is going wrong with my program, but Joe Bastardi is noticing too:
Update. Ned W has made a histogram (see comments) showing how unusual these readings are.
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