THE official maximum temperature in Gympie yesterday was 39.9 degrees, but it was hotter than that in many backyards.

"It was 43 degrees in the shade at my place," one householder told The Gympie Times.

As Queensland left behind what was officially Australia's hottest year on record, the temperature was still above 38 degrees at 4pm in Gympie.

And even with the moderating effect of ocean influences, Double Island Point still hit an official maximum of 33 degrees.

Queensland's mean maximum temperature for 2013 was meaner than usual, the state recording its hottest mid-point average maximum daily temperature on record.

We recorded 1.51 degrees more than the average calculated over the period from 1961 to 1990.

The Bureau of Meteoro,logy reported that the year started with "some exceptionally hot weather, with high temperature records broken.

:Locally there was very heavy rain, especially in January.

"Warm conditions continued through much of the year, providing the warmest spring on record for Queensland and Australia.

Cateory 1 tro[pical cyclone Oswald was named on January 21," bringing very heavy rainfall through to January 29, along with extreme flooding for much of the east coast.

Gympie Times

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