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Australia Records Third-Warmest Year in 2014

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Dec 6, 2015: Australia has recorded its third-warmest calendar year since national records began in 1910, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

Frequent heatwaves and a marked reduction in cold weather characterised 2014, the Bureau said.

Mean temperatures were 0.91C above the long-term average in 2014, the BOM said.

The news comes as South Australia is facing some of the worst bushfires in the region in decades.

Firefighters are battling to contain a major blaze in the hills behind the city of Adelaide before forecast soaring temperatures and strong winds fuel it further.

The South Australian government has confirmed 38 homes, 125 outbuildings and four businesses have been destroyed or badly damaged so far.

About 150 people have suffered injuries, including many firefighters suffering from smoke inhalation.

Thousands of customers of internet company iiNet found themselves offline for about six and a half hours on Monday night after the company shut down some of its systems at its Perth data centre because of high temperatures.

Temperatures in Perth reached 44.4C on Monday, according to Fairfax-owned weather service Weatherzone. That made it the hottest January day on record in Australia since 1991, when the temperatures reached 45.8C.

Source: BBC 

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