Rocky steams into a record hot year
IF YOU thought last year was hot, you were right ? 2005 was officially the hottest year for Rockhampton since recordings began at the airport in 1939.
"The new record takes into account the combination of daily maximum and minimum temperatures averaged across the year as a whole,'' said Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Marrinan.
For 2005, Rockhampton's average maximum temperature was 29.5 degrees, while the average minimum was 17.7.
Last year also produced the warmest December on record for Rockhampton with the average maximum temperature of 35.4 degrees more than three degrees above the all-time annual average.
Mr Marrinan said temperatures had continued to rise over the past 20 years.
"Once you get an increase over that period of time it probably comes down to human intervention, greenhouse gasses, that sort of thing,'' he said.
Mr Marrinan said it appeared as though it would only get warmer in coming years: "The CSIRO and the weather bureau have put together climate models well into this century and that's the suggestion.''
Last year was also the warmest on record for Queensland, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
"This matches the warmest year on record for Australia as a whole, and Queensland's temperatures certainly contributed to it,'' said regional director, Jim Davidson.
"After a hot start to the year, we experienced a mild autumn and winter, and finished with record hot temperatures in December.