State of the Climate 2020

About State of the Climate

The State of the Climate report draws on the latest monitoring, science and projection information to describe variability and changes in Australia’s climate.

Changes to our climate affect all Australians, particularly the changes associated with increases in the frequency or intensity of heat events, fire weather and drought. Australia will need to plan for and adapt to climate change.

This is the sixth State of the Climate report. The report has been published every two years since the first report in 2010.

Further information

Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate, ocean and water agency. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.


CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency, solving the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. CSIRO uses collaborative research to turn science into solutions for food security and quality; clean energy and resources; health and wellbeing; resilient and valuable environments; innovative industries; and a secure Australia and region.
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Further information about the content of this report, and a list of references is available online.

Copyright and disclaimer

To the extent permitted by law, all rights are reserved, and no part of this publication covered by copyright may be reproduced or copied in any form or by any means except with the permission of CSIRO or the Bureau of Meteorology. It is advised that users seek additional information or expert scientific advice before using the contents of this report in any specific situation.


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