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Australia has endured the warmest spring on record, and 2020 is likely to be among the five hottest years on record.

Statistics from the Bureau of Meteorology show that spring and November 2020 were the warmest on record in the entire country.

The beginning of the year set the tone for the rest of 2020 with devastating forest fires in Victoria and New South Wales fueled by extreme heat in eastern Australia in January.
Australia’s maximum temperature from January to November 2020 was the fifth warmest on record. (Good)

Several states, including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia, have recently seen a major heat wave, with some places breaking heat records.

Temperatures from January to November were above average to well above average in most of the country, except parts of the southeast.

Australia’s minimum temperature from January to November was the fourth warmest on record, with above-average minimum temperatures generally in the same regions as for maximum temperature.

Extreme heat and haze of smoke have created dangerous conditions in New South Wales. (AAP)

Average temperatures from January to November were the third warmest on record for Australia as a whole.

The outlook for December indicates that maximum temperatures are likely to be above average in eastern Australia and along the coast, and below average in central Western Australia.

Minimum temperatures are likely to be above average across most of Australia in December.

Rainfall from January to November for 2020 was seven percent below average. However, the distribution of rainfall in 2020 was highly variable. (Good)
Australia November rain
Australia November rain (Good)

Rainfall for Australia is very likely to be close to average this year despite Cyclone Esther which caused flooding in Queensland and had impacts as far south as Victoria in February.

Western Tasmania, western and southwestern Western Australia, parts of central Australia, the upper reaches and parts of eastern Queensland have recorded below-average rainfall.

the 2020 The Girl has contributed to an increase in rainfall in recent months, however, the event has not managed to lower temperatures.

This year’s La Niña has so far been of moderate intensity and has caused winter and spring rainfall to exceed those of recent years.

Above-average rainfall over much of New South Wales, south-western Queensland, central Victoria, eastern Tasmania, and parts of the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.

Above-average rainfall since February resulted in an increase of more than 30% to 61% in the Murray-Darling Basin in late November.

La Niña has caused significant rains in eastern states, particularly in areas battling drought. (Weather zone)

The total level of water storage in the north of the Murray-Darling Basin was extremely low, just 5.6% in early 2020. Since then, levels have risen to 25% at the end of November.

Despite this, water storage remains low in most of the northern basin and levels in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory continued to decline this year.

Water levels in Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest water supply storage, have been declining since September 2017.

A weak rainy season in Darwin has caused the Darwin River to reach its lowest storage level in 10 years.

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