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January was officially Australia's hottest month on record
Published in 2-2-2019
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the January record on Friday as parts of the northern hemisphere had record cold. Australia's scorching start to 2019 in which the mean temperature across the country for the first time exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) followed Australia's third-hottest year on record. Only 2005 and 2013 were warmer than 2018, which ended with the hottest December on record.