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Australia had third-warmest year on record in 2017

Australia had third-warmest year on record in 2017
From BBC - January 9, 2018

Australia experienced its third-warmest year on record in 2017, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology.

The national mean temperature of 22.75C was almost 1C higher than a 1961-1990 baseline, its annual report revealed.

Only 2005 and 2013 were warmer, based on records kept for about a century.

In November, the World Meteorological Organization projected that 2017 was "very likely" to be among the hottest years ever globally.

The majority of Australia saw above-average heat, with maximum temperatures the second-warmest on record, the bureau said.

"Despite the lack of an El Nio - which is normally associated with our hottest years - 2017 was still characterised by very warm temperatures," said Dr Karl Braganza, head of climate monitoring.

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