As the bushfires rage today the BBC is reporting that it was the hottest December day in more than 50 years, at 41.1C.
I went looking around the Bureau of Met website but could only find the spring records for 2006, and something caught my eye. Now I knew that this spring was very dry, with the north east having their driest spring recorded and most places getting less than half of the usual, but the new record for Wilsons Promontory shocked me. The previous record was in 1911 with 112.6 mm of rain, but now the new all-time (134 year) record is just 58.2 mm, barely half the previous record.
Not good records to see broken.