According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2016 was a year of extreme weather events.
Major weather events for the year included:
- flooding occurred from June to September in western, central and southern Queensland following the State’s second-wettest winter on record
- supercell thunderstorms caused extensive damage across southeast Australia and parts of southeast Queensland during early November, with widespread reports of golf-ball sized hail
- a tropical low at the end of the year brought exceptional December rainfall to a number of regions between the northwest of Australia and the southeast, with some flooding and flash flooding resulting in the Kimberley, around Uluru in Central Australia, and around Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.
The World Meteorological Organization figures have announced that 2016 is very likely to have been the warmest year on record for global mean temperatures. BOM reports that Australia was warmer than average in 2016, with a national mean temperature 0.87 °C above average, and it was the fourth-warmest year on record.
You can read the full article from the BOM here: http://media.bom.gov.au/releases/333/2016-a-year-of-extreme-weather-events/