In January, Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record, and the Summer of extremes continues with wildfires razing the drought-parched south while expanses of the tropical north are flooded.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Friday confirmed the record heat during January as parts of the northern hemisphere have recently experienced record cold.
Australia’s scorching start to Y 2019, in which the mean temperature across the country for the 1st time exceeded 30C (86F) followed Australia’s 3rd-hottest year on record. Only Ys 2005 and 2013 were warmer than Y 2018.
Rainfall was below average for most of the country, but the monsoonal trough has brought flooding rains to northern Queensland state in recent days, leading to a disaster declaration around the city of Townsville.
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