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NEWS BRIEFING: BOM Annual Climate Statement 2020 - Australia's 4th-warmest year on record

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*BRIEFING RECORDING AVAILABLE* The Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) Annual Climate Statement summarises the previous year, providing information on temperature, rainfall and significant weather in Australia. Bureau scientists say 2020 was Australia's fourth-warmest year on record despite being a La Niña year, which typically reduces temperatures. Meanwhile, rainfall was slightly above average for the nation as a whole. Rainfall was very much above average for parts of New South Wales and the northwest, although it was below average in parts of the west of the country. Join us for this online briefing, when experts from the Bureau will discuss the statement and answer questions from journalists.

Organisation/s: Bureau of Meteorology

Funder: Australian Government.

Media release

From: Australian Science Media Centre


  • Dr Andrew Watkins is Head of Operational Climate Services at the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Dr Lynette Bettio is a senior climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology

Date: Thu 07 Jan 2021
Start Time: 11:00am AEDT
Duration: Approx 45 min 
Venue: Online


  • Bureau of Meteorology
    Web page
    Media kit including images, video, infographics and media release.
  • Australian Science Media Centre
    Web page
    Video stream of the briefing.

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