Bureau of Meteorology reveals stats for summer 2012-13
January has officially been named Australia's hottest month on record, the heatwave part of a deadly summer of bushfires and floods.
Bureau climatologist Blair Trewin said heat statistics would come as no surprise.
"It's already obvious that summer's been significantly warmer than normal as a whole," he said.
"And one of the distinctive features of this summer has been the heat has been extremely widespread."
Mr Trewin said 97 per cent of the country had suffered above-average heat.
"About two thirds of the country is going to have a summer in its top 10 of the last 100 years," Mr Trewin said.
"So that extent of significant heat is something that we have few or any precedents for."
Australia recorded its eighth-highest known temperature this year - 49.6C at Moomba Airport, in northeast South Australia, on January 12.
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