Australians check on the weather almost 90,000 times a minute - and find forecasts are getting more accurate.
The Weather Bureau's annual report reveals it had 47.6 billion website hits in the 2012-13 financial year - a 46 per cent jump.
Most were in January when Australians sought information 6.4 billion times about the nation's hottest-ever month.
The bureau said the month set a string of records including the hottest average maximum of 40.3C on January 7. January 2-8 set the record for most days with average maximums at or above 39C, beating four days.
Every State and Territory had record temperatures. Broome had its hottest night on January 27 with a minimum 30.5C.
The bureau issued more than 406,700 forecasts during the year and its 1570 fire-related forecasts were the most on record.
After fires came floods with 2600 separate warnings.
But the bureau's forecasts and warnings continue to become more accurate.
Several billion pieces of information are collated every day to make 99 per cent of forecasts accurate to within 3C.
In 1980 it got within 3C for the next day 70 per cent of the time.
WA is one of the biggest winners from increased bureau computing power with seven-day forecasts now available for 63 centres, a big increase on 2011-12.The report rejected claims that solar activity contributed to global warming, saying there had been little volatility in solar activity from the mid-20th century, indicating an insignificant role.