Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has issued a special climate statement on the exceptional heat in southern Australia in early 2017.
Key points from the statement:
Prolonged and extreme heat in January and February 2017 affected New South Wales, southern Queensland, South Australia and northern Victoria.
Many temperature records set including
- hottest February day on record for sites in South Australia (Tarcoola 48.2 °C on 9 February) and Queensland (Thargomindah 47.2 °C on 12 February); record runs of consecutive days of high temperatures: Moree, New South Wales, 54 consecutive days of 35 °C or above (27 December 2016 to 18 February 2017)
- hottest February day for New South Wales as a whole: record broken twice in the month with over 93% of the State 10 °C above average
The full statement is available here