2017 shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record

2017 is on track to be among the top three hottest years on record for the globe - despite there being no warming influence from El Nino - according to the United Nation's World Metereological Organisation (WMO).

In a report released to coincide with the opening of the Bonn climate conference in Germany, the WMO said record-breaking temperatures are exposing people all over the world to worsening extremes.

In Australia, Queensland and New South Wales stand out as being unusually warm so far this year with some record-breaking temperatures recorded in spring. 

Farmers, fire-fighters, tourism operators and doctors are among those already dealing with the worsening impacts of climate change including heatwaves, bush fires, flooding and coral bleaching.  

In February, weather forecasters were predicting a staggering 46 degree day as summer’s strongest heatwave sweeps over the Hunter.