Australia records third-warmest year in 2014

BBC: 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......

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