Annual Climate Report 2015
The Annual Climate Report is the Bureau of Meteorology's official historical record of the previous year's climate. It provides a national overview of temperature and rainfall during the year, and documents significant weather and climate events.
2015 was Australia's fifth-warmest year on record, with a number of notable heatwaves, and record-breaking temperatures from October to December. Australian mean rainfall was only 4 per cent below average nationally, but it was drier in some parts than others. Long-term drought continued in Queensland and increased in parts of the south. A strong El Niño contributed to the drier and warmer year in 2015.
This report contains an in-depth analysis of the past year's climate, following on from the Annual Climate Statement released earlier in the year.