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Australia wet and warm in 2016

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017

AUSTRALIA'S 2016 WEATHER BY THE NUMBERS:

* Australia's national mean temperature was 0.87C above average - its fourth-warmest year on record

* Annual rainfall was 17 per cent above average

* Sea surface temperatures around Australia were the warmest on record in 2016 and were 0.77C above average

* The World Meteorological Organisation has announced 2016 is very likely to have been the warmest year on record for global mean temperatures

Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Annual Climate Statement 2016

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