PHYS ORG Drought in Quensland, 2014. Btcpg Australia suffered its hottest summer on record from December through February and forecasts show the southern autumn will continue to be drier and warmer than average, the government said Thursday. Story here. FOOTNOTE: Australia's annual emissions continue to rise, driven by LNG production. Emissions for the year to September 2018 up 0.9% as Morrison government attempts a policy pivot on climate. The Guardian.