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.

Download the report

Video overview of Australian climate in 2015

View video, captions are available

Climate summaries

All annual climate reports