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Australia Sweats Through Third Hottest Summer On Record

Australia’s wet and warm summer is officially over – with early reports suggesting it was our third-hottest on record.

Bureau of Meteorology’s preliminary summer recap, Australia looks set to record its third warmest summer,  behind 2009-10 and 1994-95, comparing all years back to 1910. This is despite significant rainfall on the east coast. 

Warmer nights look to continue into Autumn, with an 80 per cent change of above averages into the season ahead.

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Here’s how the Summer looked across our capital cities:


While Victoria didn’t break any heat records – Melbourne tracked its sixth coolest summer this century- Victoria was  55 per cent wetter than average. 


Sydney scored above average on all accounts – with its third hottest summer on record and rainfall also well above the norm. 

The city also faced unusually high humidity, which averaged 7 per cent above the norm.


While South Australia recorded higher temperatures than normal for more of the state, Adelaide experienced a cool and wet summer. Nights were comfortably cold, averaging 16 degrees in Adelaide.


West Coasters broke records, with bureau experts expecting this to be the warmest summer since records began for Western Australia. And despite the rest of the country clocking up the rainfall days, rainfall was significantly lower than average. 

Perth sweltered through its third-warmest summer on record,  with a mammoth nine days above 40 degrees. 


Brisbane clocked its second warmest summer since records began – particularly characterised by warm nights, sitting two degrees above normal and high humidity. 

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