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Hottest, coldest and wettest places in Australia for 2020 revealed

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From fires to floods, the year 2020 has been full of surprises and this year’s weather has been no exception.

The year 2020 has been full of surprises and weather has been no exception.

The year kicked off with record-breaking heat and devastating bushfires which ravaged the country's east coast.

IN PICTURES: Weather extremes of 2020

During the 2019-2020 season, now known as Black Summer, 24 million hectares of land was burnt, 3000 homes destroyed and three billion animals were killed or displaced.

Thirty-three people died, including six Australian firefighters and three American aerial firefighters.

Huge fires first erupted across regional NSW on the North and South coasts, the Riverina and Snowy Mountains.

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In Victoria, lightning strikes ignited a series of fires in East Gippsland while Western Australia and South Australia battled their own crisis with almost 300,000 hectares of bushland burnt.

Smoke filled the air of towns and cities from Brisbane to Melbourne, with Canberra recording the worst air quality in the world during the height of the crisis.

Next came the floods as a result of cyclone Esther, forcing Queensland into a second state of emergency.

Parts of NSW and Victoria were also hit with unprecedented levels of rainfall with a month's worth of rain falling in Melbourne almost overnight in Melbourne.

Winter brought more wild weather to the east coast extreme surf battering the coastline, forcing people to flee as coastal erosion left homes teetering on the edge of collapse.

A severe cold snap brought snow to blackened bushland in NSW and Victoria in winter with snow in Melbourne for the first time in decades.

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To end the year, Queensland's Fraser Island has been devastated by an out of control bushfire while other parts of the state and areas of northern NSW mop up from flash floods just one week out from Christmas.

Western Australia has faced a difficult year for heat and drought with weeks of severe fire danger and intense period of heat.

Here is a break down of the hottest, coldest and wettest places in every state and territory for 2020.

Hottest day for 2020 recorded in Sydney's west

Australia's endured its warmest spring on record, with 2020 likely to be among the top five hottest years in history.

January to November temperatures were above average to very much above average for most of the country except for parts of the south-east.

The hottest day in Australia this year was recorded in Penrith, in Sydney's western suburbs, which reached 48.9C on January 4 during the height of the Black Summer bushfire crisis.

The records scrapes in just under the highest temperature ever recorded in the state's history when Menindee reached 49.7C during the Black Friday bushfire crisis.

On the same day, Kapooka hit 48.1C.

During a recent heatwave in Queensland, temperatures surged to 48.1C in Queensland.

In Victoria, the hottest temperature was Kyabram which reached 46.2C on January 31 followed by 46.2C in Rutherglen on January 31 and 46C in Echuca on January 31.

Heatwave to sweep Australia. November 26, 2020.

Birdsville took out all of Queensland's top temperatures this year, recording temperatures of 48.7C on December 5, 47.1C on November 30 and 47.1C on January 10.

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The mining town of Andamooka in the far north of South Australia reaches 48C on November 28, followed by 47.5C in Marree on November 28 and 47.4C in Roxby Downs on November 28C.

In WA, Eyre reached 48.2C on January 2 and in the Northern Territory, the hottest temperature was in Jervois which reached 46C on December 5.

Hobart was Tasmania's hottest place in 2020, reaching 41.1C on January 31.

Tasmania takes out coldest temperature

Australia's coldest temperature for 2020 was in Liawenee in Tasmania which reached -14.2C on August 7.

This broke the state's record for the lowest temperature ever recorded, last set almost 40 years ago when Tarraleah dropped to -13C on June 30, 1983.

The Snowy Mountains was the coldest place in New South Wales, dropping to -11.3C on August 25.

After enduring a horrific bushfire season, the town of Glenn Innes on the Northern Tablelands of NSW recorded the second-coldest temperature for the state when a cold snap brought a low of -9.7C on August 6.

In Victoria, Mount Hotham reached -7.9C on August 5 while Applethorpe, in rural Queensland dropped to -3.8C on September 27.

The coldest temperature for South Australia was Gluepot Reserve recording -6.3C on August 5 and in WA, York dropped to -3.5C on July 12.

The coldest temperature for the NT was Arltunga, which fell to -4.2C on June 25 - although no one was there to experience it.

The abandoned gold rush town in the middle of some of the harshest desert country in Australia recorded all of the NT's coldest temperatures this year.

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Located 110km east of Alice Springs and 1610 km from Darwin, the ghost town experiences some of the biggest weather extremes the NT has to offer.

La Nina brings rain

This year has been particularly wet for Australia, with La Nina bringing higher-than-average rainfall to several states and territories.

Dum In Mirrie Island in the Northern Territory recorded the country's wettest day this year when a whopping 562mm fell on January 11.

Wagait Beach in the NT also recorded a staggering 515.2mm the same day.

This was followed by Bellenden Ker which received 427mm on May 20 and Wattamolla in NSW, which saw 418.6mm on Feb 10.

Consistent rainfall around NSW resulted in an 80 per cent decrease in the number of people living in drought conditions from January to October.

Some communities, such as Condobolin received more rain in 2020 than the last two years combined.

In Victoria, Whitlands recorded 159.2mm on April 30 and in South Australia Yudnapinna received 103mm on Feb 1.

Tasmania's wettest day was June 23 when 175.4mm fell in Kunanyi.

Source: 9News

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