Endless summer: Australia’s hottest March on record

12.04.16 By

This March was the hottest on record for Australia, according to new data released by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

The national mean temperature was 1.7°C above the historical March average, exceeding the previous record of 1.67°C set in 1986.

Australia also experienced its hottest March day on record on the 2nd, with the national mean temperature reaching a sweltering 38°C.

And it’s not over yet – some parts of Australia are still experiencing record-breaking heat, even in April!

This week Sydney experienced its hottest April day on record, reaching an average of 34.2°C – beating the 1986 record of 33.9°C.


Our oceans are feeling it too, with record-warm sea surface temperatures wreaking havoc on the Great Barrier Reef.

Read more about the record-breaking March heat in our latest report.


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