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Australia's warm summer

Ben Domensino, Thursday March 1, 2018 - 17:10 EDT

Australia just had its second warmest summer on record.

Despite below average temperatures in parts of northern and western Australia between December and February, Australia as a whole registered its second warmest summer on record based on the national mean temperature.

The season's national mean temperature, which is calculated by combining daytime maximum and nighttime minimum temperatures throughout summer, was 1.0 degree above average.

Based on minimums alone it was Australia's warmest summer on record (0.96C above average), while the national average maximum temperature was the fourth highest on record for summer (1.04C above average).

Australia's warmest year on record was 2013.

Rainfall was close to normal during summer when averaged across Australia, although falls were unevenly distributed.

Above average seasonal rain fell in the Top End, Western Australia and parts of the nation's southeast during summer, while much of central and eastern Australia was notably drier than usual.


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