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Australia: Giant Heatwave Delivers Hottest January on Record

Feb 4, 2013
(The Sydney Morning Herald)

Australia's year of extreme weather has collected a fresh record with January posting the hottest average temperatures for the month on record.

With just a day's data to be collected, the average of maximum and minimum temperatures for the month was 29.7 degrees. That tally was 1.79 degrees above the long-term average.

Almost certainly there'll be a hotter, longer, more extreme spell (in February) than we'll get next week 

Short of a remarkably frigid final few hours for the month, January was all but certain to beat the previous record set in 1932, the weather bureau said.

The monthly result means the September-January period was also the hottest on record, beating the previous three highest in 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2009-10.