Last month was not just the hottest January on record for Australia – it was also the hottest for any month, smashing peaks that had stood since January 1932.
Figures out this afternoon from the Bureau of Meteorology show Australia’s average daily maximum for January came in at a sizzling 36.92 degrees, 2.28 degrees above the long-term norm and 0.11 degrees more than the previous record.
The mean of daily maximums and minimums came in at 29.68 degrees, 1.77 degrees above normal and 0.27 degrees more than the previous high, also set in January 81 years ago.
There was also little relief from the daily heat, with the average minimum coming in at 20.43 degrees, 1.26 degrees above the norm, and the third highest on record for that measure.
January's records add to a lengthening stretch of exceptional warmth for Australia. The September-January period, for instance, is also the hottest on record.