Summer 2015-2016 was one of the hottest on record in Australia. But it has also been hot in waters surrounding the nation: the hottest summer on record, in fact.While summer on land has been dominated by significant warm spells, bushfires, and dryness, there is a bigger problem looming in the oceans around Australia…This summer has outstripped long-term sea surface temperature records that extend back to the 1950s. We have seen warm surface temperatures all around Australia and across most of the Pacific and Indian oceans, with particularly warm temperatures in the southeast and northern Australian regions.
In recent months, this warming has been boosted – just like land temperatures – by natural and human-caused climate factors. <Note Bass Strait “warmest on record”>