2015 was Australia’s 5th warmest year on record

08.01.16 By
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Australia experienced its fifth-warmest year on record in 2015, with the national mean temperature 0.83°C above average, according to the Bureau of Metereology (BOM) Annual Climate Statement released today.

 

The influence of climate change and El Niño sealed an extra-warm end to the year that also brought unseasonably early extreme weather – with farmers struggling through drought and losing crops due to early warm spells, people losing their homes to bushfires and the elderly and the vulnerable suffering through more frequent, severe and intense heatwaves.

The BOM Annual Climate Statement also confirmed:

Statistics released later this month are expected to confirm that 2015 was the hottest year on record globally.

You can read the full climate statement here or check out this video explanation from BOM:

Preview image credit: ‘White Hot’ by Flickr user Rich Herrmann licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0