Last year was hot, but not as hot as 2016 according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement.
In what was was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, Tasmania experienced extremes at both ends of the scale.
For the first time since 2002, nowhere in the state recorded temperatures above 35 degrees.
The closest was 34.8 degrees at Scotts Peak Dam in the state’s south on November 30.
BOM’s head of climate monitoring, Dr Karl Braganza, said 2017 was characterised by warm temperatures across Australia.
“Both day and night-time temperatures were warmer than average,” he said.
“Particularly maximum temperatures, which were the second-warmest on record.
"Seven of Australia's 10 warmest years have occurred since 2005 and Australia has experienced just one cooler than average year—2011—in the past decade.”
In Tasmania, Lake St Clair and Ross experienced its lowest temperatures on record in early July, at -7.6 degrees.
Temperatures were above average overall across the state, with March, October and November the warmest months.
Launceston sweltered through its warmest night on March 16 at 21.1 degrees.
The November sea surface temperatures were also the highest on record across Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea, as a long-lived high pressure system brought a record-breaking warm spell to the state.
However a cold winter, including snow in August, September, October and December, brought the overall yearly average down.
Tasmania welcomed both the start of summer and spring with significant snowfall in the North.
As for rain, 2017 was unusually dry with most areas recording below average rainfall, especially on the East Coast between June and November.
The state’s total yearly rainfall was 15 per cent below average.
This followed on from one of Tasmania’s wettest years in 2016, including June’s record floods.