Australia Will Just Keep Getting Hotter Until 2050

Last year was Australia's third hottest year on record

Dr Braganza said dry and cloud-free conditions across much of southeast Australia during June and July led to warm, sunny days and very chilly nights.

The Bureau of Meteorology released their Annual Climate Statement on Wednesday, confirming that Queensland and NSW experienced their warmest years in 2017.

Heavy rain in the north and south made 2017 one of WA's wettest years on record - but Perth avoided most of the woolly weather.

"Despite the lack of an El Niño - which is normally associated with our hottest years - 2017 was still characterised by very warm temperatures", said Dr Karl Braganza, head of climate monitoring.

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This map shows the mean temperatures across Australia in 2017.

"The last three months of 2017 took a wetter turn, with above-average rainfall in many areas", he said.

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Dr Braganza added: "We have seen that warming across the land surface temperatures and in the oceans surrounding Australia".

Seven of Australia's 10 warmest years have occurred since 2005.

On Sunday, Sydney experienced its hottest day in 79 years when temperatures hit 47.3C.

"Sydney, Hobart and Canberra saw daytime temperatures in the top three warmest-on-record, while Brisbane saw maximum temperatures which were equal to last year.as warmest on record".

As for what is to come, Dr Braganza said science did not allow them to a predict an accurate 12-month outlook.

"In terms of temperatures we're seeing odds favouring cooler than average conditions over parts of the continent where rainfall is expected to be above average - again the east coast again and WA".