In a statement released by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Australia has just experienced its warmest 12-month period on record.
A very unseasonable August helped set this mark as average temperatures country wide were 1.6 degrees C (2.9 degrees F) above normal. This marked the second warmest highest departure from normal for any month on record.
Maximum temperatures were even more extreme, averaging 2.6 degrees C (4.7 degrees F) above normal.
For the 12-month period from September 2012 through August 2013, the mean temperature across all of Australia was 1.11 degrees C (2 degrees F) above normal. The mean temperature is derived from the average of maximum and minimum temperatures.
The combination of the nation's fourth warmest spring, hottest summer, seventh warmest autumn and third warmest winter led to the warmest 12-month period on record.
No shots of cold air are expected across Australia during the next week as unseasonable warmth prevails from Perth to Sydney.
Long-range forecasts suggest that unseasonable warmth will prevail through the upcoming spring for Australia which could lead to more records.
The threat for potentially damaging thunderstorms will shift eastward across Europe through midweek.
The Balkan Peninsula will get a taste of summer through the midweek.
Parts of this week will feel more like summer across the Midwest and Northeast with the warmest days of 2015 so far.
Wind, seas and surf will build in advance of what could potentially become the first tropical system of 2015 along the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States this week.
Daily episodes of severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours will impact the Plains this week, possibly lingering into the weekend.
Severe winter weather played a major role in paltry U.S. economic growth in the first quarter of 2015, but hopes are high for an increase in spring and summer sales in regions that were gripped by a long winter.
Chesnee, SC (1989)
A 700-yard-wide tornado lifts a 1,000 pound bale of hay and carries it for five miles. Two people killed by the storm.
Fallon, NV (1995)
1.92" of rain (4th-5th)... about 40% of their normal annual rainfall.
Lowell, MA (1761)
Five inches of snow. "A very stormy day of snow, an awful sight, the trees green and the ground white. The sixth day the trees in a blow and fields covered with snow", Town Clerk of Ashford, Ebenser Byles.