Australia's government has officially blamed climate change for the bushfires, heatwaves, and floods that ravaged the continent these past few months, during the southern hemisphere's summer. And it gave an official name to the merciless season sent from the pits of hell: The Angry Summer.
The country set 123 weather records during what was the hottest summer on record, according to a report published this week by the federal government's Climate Commission. Those records included the country's hottest day, when the maximum temperature across the vast land mass on Jan. 7 averaged 104.5 degrees F. And the extreme rainfall that hit areas along the border of the states of Queensland and New South Wales in late January, when they received more than 27 inches of rain within 24 hours. And the record number of bushfires -- up to 40 -- that ignited on the island state of Tasmania on Jan. 4.