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2005 - AUSTRALIA'S WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD

2005 was the warmest year on record for Australia. The national average of 1.06C above the 1961-90 mean broke the previous record, set in 1998, by 0.26C.

All twelve months of 2005 were warmer than normal, but April was particularly exceptional. It was the warmest April on record over about two-thirds of the continent. In terms of the departure from normal, April 2005 was the warmest month ever recorded in Australia - 2.58oC above its 1961-90 mean.

It was a warm year over virtually the entire continent. While most locations have had at least one hotter year in the past, the extent of the above-average temperatures was unprecedented. The only region which was cooler than normal in 2005 was a narrow strip along the coast of Western Australia between Carnarvon and Bunbury.

2005 was also a very warm year globally, ranking with 1998 as one of the two warmest years on record for the world.

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