Shared from the 1/27/2020 Moreland eEdition

Looking back at 2019

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Last year was Australia’s hottest year on record, with an annual average temperature 1.52C above normal. It was also the driest year on record, with national rainfall 40% below normal. Much of the country was affected by drought. The drought worsened dangerous fire conditions, contributing to the devastating bushfire season we’re seeing now.

Spring and early summer saw dry conditions and above average daytime temperatures across Victoria. A severe heatwave in Victoria had many places experiencing their highest December temperature on record. On December 17, Australia had its hottest day on record, with a nationallyaveraged top temperature of 41.9C.

In Moreland, January’s average top temperature is up 2.4C since 1971. The data matches the experience of Anna, a doctor from Brunswick West, who has noticed “drier, warmer summers”.

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