Recent climate records

Annual Mean Temperature for Australia from 1970

From September 2012 to March 2013, Australia registered the hottest summer, the hottest month, the hottest day and the longest national scale heatwave on record. It was also the hottest summer for Australian sea-surface temperatures. There were 476 verified weather station records and 17 national, State and Territory area-average records.

You can find this information, as well as other climate information, on the Bureau's website. We have updated the climate and variability webpages to provide information on these recent climate records, including highest and lowest temperatures and rainfall, for locations and areas across Australia.

Use the Bureau's updated climate change tracker, to find and compare daily, monthly, seasonal and annual data dating back to 1910. This feature uses the Australian Climate Observations Reference Network – Surface Air Temperature (ACORN-SAT) dataset that employs the latest analysis techniques and takes advantage of newly digitised observational data.

Further information about Australian climate variability can be found on the recent conditions and average conditions information and map webpages.

climate change tracker
The recent climate records interactive map available on the Bureau's website.

Keep an eye on the Bureau's website for further climate updates.