2018 Recorded as Australia’s Third Warmest Year

Australia has experienced its third warmest year on record, according to a new Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) report.

BOM released its annual climate statement on Thursday, revealing the nation’s average temperature was 1.14 degrees Celsius above the average for 1961-1990, which made 2018 slightly warmer than 2017, with only 2005 and 2013 warmer.

Individual states and territories also recorded above average temperatures.

“When we look across all of Australia in 2018, we can see that every single state and territory have average day and night-time temperatures,” the Bureau’s senior climatologist Lynette Bettio said in a statement.

The most warmest years on record in Australia occurred after 2005, with nine out of ten.
The Kimberley Region was the only part of the country that did not exceed the average temperatures, recording cooler nights.

Rainfall across Australia had also been the lowest since 2005, with totals for 2018 11 per cent lower than the 1961-1990 average.

BOM said that they had found many areas had significantly lower average rainfalls, with New South Wales experiencing it’s sixth-driest year on record.

However, parts of northern Australia and southeast Western Australia bucked the trend, recording above-average rainfall.

Worldwide, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service assessment released on Tuesday, 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record.

The world experienced the highest average temperatures globally across the last four years, since records began in the 19th century.

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