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01/20/2017 at 00:53. Facebook
It's Penguin Awareness Day! Bureau staff stationed in Antarctica are lucky to share the ice with five species of penguins, including the Adélie (pictured).

Did you know, as well as wonderful swimmers, Adélie penguins are also excellent long distance walkers? Their walking speed on ice averages 2.5 km/h.

If you've ever dreamed of working in Antarctica, get your skates ⛸ on, applications for...
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01/19/2017 at 06:52. Facebook
SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Widespread rain and thunderstorms, and ongoing heatwave in parts of Queensland. Video current at 4pm AEDT 19 January 2017.

For latest weather and warnings info visit our website [ Bom.is Link ] and follow advice from emergency services.

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01/19/2017 at 03:15. Facebook
The WMO has confirmed 2016 as the hottest year on record for the globe [ Public.wmo.int Link ]. Globally-averaged temperature in 2016 was approx. 0.83°C above the long-term average.

For Australia, 2016 was our 4th warmest year on record. Find out more in our Annual Climate Statement: [ Bom.is Link ]

Graphic: monthly global average temperature data courtesy of National Oceanic and...
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01/18/2017 at 06:45. Facebook
Sydney has sweltered over the past week—in fact the temperature at Observatory Hill at 9am this morning was a record 36.5°C!

The previous 9am record dating back to 1955 was 35°C on 20 December 1957. Sydney temperatures are forecast to heat up again early next week: [ Bom.is Link ]

Photo: Sydney scorcher, by Brendan Calwell Photography on 13 January 2017.
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01/18/2017 at 02:08. Facebook
Yes it's summer, but have you wondered why it sometimes feels hotter than the actual air temperature? It all comes down to how our bodies react when it's humid.

WATCH: our #AskBOM video explains how we calculate and forecast the 'feels like' temperature, to help you take measures to avoid heat stress [ Bom.is Link ].
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01/18/2017 at 01:29. Facebook
Nope, aliens didn't invade Shepparton (Vic.) yesterday!
These are fallstreak holes, or hole-punch clouds. They can form in clouds containing super-cold water droplets when a trigger (such as a passing aircraft) starts a chain reaction in which ice crystals grow while the water droplet around them evaporate, leaving wisps of ice in the middle of a hole in the cloud. #TheTruthIsOutThere
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01/17/2017 at 08:46. Facebook
Summer lovin' sunsets, Victoria, 16 January 2017 ☀
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01/17/2017 at 05:15. Facebook
SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: #Heatwave conditions in Queensland and New South Wales, 17 January 2017. Video current at 2 pm AEDT 17 January 2017. For the latest heatwave assessments and forecasts visit [ Bom.gov.au Link ], and follow advice from State health departments.
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01/16/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
Pixie O'Neill captured the moment a cold front swept through WA's central Wheatbelt, leaving a pool of cold air in its wake.

On 13 January Perth recorded its coldest January night in 10 years (11.5°C), while York (approx. 100 km east of Perth) had its coldest January night ever (7.5°C).

Wondering why cold fronts bring abrupt changes in temperature? Watch our #AskBOM video [ Bom.is Link ]
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01/16/2017 at 01:54. Facebook
The sun can serve up damaging #UV rays—even on cool and cloudy days If you're hitting the Australian Open protect yourself in 5 ways: slip, slop, slap, seek and slide! #AusOpen

Check the Bureau's weather forecasts for Sun Protection Times: [ Bom.is Link ]
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Chasing the sun, Warwick Qld, by Nat Bennett on 1 January 2017
Serene sunrise, Constitution Dock, Hobart, Tasmania on 7 January 2017

Credit: Photography By Nikki Long.
SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Heatwave for Queensland, New South Wales and heavy rain in South Australia. Video current at 4.30pm AEDT 12 January 2017.

For latest weather and warnings info visit our website [ Bom.is Link ] and follow advice from emergency services.

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Afternoon downpour, Lee Point, NT, by Baseplate Photography on 2 January 2017.
Did you know 2016 is almost certain to be the globe’s warmest year on record? This will be the 3rd year running that a new record has been set.

For Australia it was our 4th warmest year on record. Get the facts in our 2016 Annual Climate Statement: [ Bom.is Link ]
SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Heatwave conditions affecting Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. Video current at 2pm AEDT 10 January 2017.

For latest information view our Heatwave Forecasts [ Bom.is Link ] and follow advice from State health departments.

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Heatwave conditions are continuing over Australia's eastern interior, and are expected to intensify over southern Qld and northern NSW over the next few days. Stay up to date via our Heatwave Forecasts:

For simple tips on how to interpret our Heatwave Assessment maps, read our blog: [ Bom.is Link ]

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A stormy end to 2016 in Victoria
The Bureau released its Annual Climate Statement 2016 last week, outlining significant weather and climate events around the nation.

To find out more about the past year and events in your State or Territory go to: [ Bom.is Link ]
Slip, Slop, Slap! It's the catchcry we're all familiar with from the original SunSmart campaign that launched in 1981. Cancer Council Australia has since expanded the recommended sun protection measures:

QUIZ: can you name the other 2 words that make up the 5 messages?

Read our blog [ Bom.is Link ] for tips reducing exposure to UV and preventing skin cancer.