1 Mar 2013

Australians swelter in hottest summer on record

10:29 pm on 1 March 2013

Scientists say that Australia has just experienced its hottest summer on record.

Overall, the country's average summer temperature came in at 28.6 degrees Celsius.

The Bureau of Meteorology in Sydney says the previous hottest summer - measured by average day and night figures from across the nation - was in 1998.

Fourteen of the weather bureau's 112 long-term climate stations recorded their hottest days on record, including one in Sydney, where the temperature hit 46 degrees Celsius in the middle of January, the ABC reports.