January 2019 Has Been "Hottest Ever", Says Australia's Weather Department
Friday, February 1, 2019, 9:13 AM
Australia suffered its hottest month ever in January, when widespread heatwaves exacerbated an already devastating drought, fuelled bushfires and contributed to mass fish deaths, officials reported. The government's Bureau of Meteorology said mean temperature across the vast continent in January exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) for first time in recorded history. The hottest temperatures during the month were experienced in South Australia.