2016 fourth-hottest year on record

Waterfalls run down Uluru after unusually heavy rain in Central Australia. (James Holding)

2016 fourth-hottest year on record

BOM climate report finds 2016 fourth-hottest year on record for Australia

Posted on 09.01.2017

Last year was a year of extreme weather events, wetter than average overall and the fourth-warmest on record for Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Statement released today.

Climate Information Services assistant director Neil Plummer said 2016 was an “eventful year” with significant climate drivers affecting the country’s weather.

Individual states across the country had local weather records broken — 2016 was the warmest year on record for Sydney, recording the most days above 25 degrees Celsius on record, while parts of South Australia recorded its wettest year.

“The year started off very warm and dry, with bushfires in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia, and a nation-wide heatwave from late February to mid-March,” Mr Plummer said.

Key points:

  • 2016 saw a number of “extreme” weather events including golf-ball sized hail, supercell storms, and rainfall at Uluru
  • Annual rainfall across the country was 17 per cent above average
  • Hottest year on record recorded in Sydney

“Widespread, drought-breaking rains led to flooding in multiple states. Even northern Australia saw widespread rainfall, during what is usually the dry season, greening regions that had been in drought for several years.”

For Australia as a whole, annual rainfall was 17 per cent above average.

Australia was also warmer than average, with a national mean temperature 0.87 degrees Celsius above the norm. Sea surface temperatures were the warmest on record, 0.77 degrees Celsius above average.

The top end experienced an unusually wet dry season from May to September, while 2016 was the wettest year on record for parts of South Australia.

The World Meteorological Organsation figures showed 2016 was very likely to have been the warmest year on record for global mean temperatures.

 

Source
ABC News

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