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Weather data confirms dry, warm 2020

December rain
There was welcome rain in December but 2020 was drier than usual in the Bundaberg Region.

The 2020 calendar year was drier and warmer than usual in the Bundaberg Region, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Just 654mm of rain was recorded at Bundaberg Airport compared with the mean of 1003mm.

Most of the rain fell in January, February and December. The other months were below average, with just 1mm recorded in November.

The year's hottest temperature was 34.9 degrees on 20 February while the lowest minimum was 6.5 degrees on three mornings in May, June and July.

The lowest maximum was 13.2 degrees on 23 May — the coldest May day on record.

The bureau's annual climate statement reveals that 2020 was Australia's fourth-warmest year on record, with the annual national mean temperature 1.15 degrees above average.

Queensland weather data

  • Rainfall was below average across much of southeastern and parts of east coast Queensland, and close to average elsewhere in 2020.
  • Mean maximum temperatures were above average across Queensland, with small areas of the northern tropics the warmest on record.
  • Mean minimum temperatures were above to very much above average across the state.
  • Many catchments experienced flooding in early March from the remnants of tropical cyclone Esther.
  • Brisbane's rainfall was close to average in 2020.
  • Brisbane's mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were slightly warmer than average.

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