Popular adventure destination to see even more extreme heat
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 4:05 PM - Australia brings to mind an array of tourist adventures -- many of which are best enjoyed in the continent's tropical and subtropical regions, or during warmer waves of weather.
But record-breaking heat has already become a norm for many parts of Australia, and a new report finds that conditions are only going to intensify.
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Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Bureau of Meteorology recently released its fourth biennial State of the Climate report, which examines the long-term impacts of climate change.
"The duration, frequency and intensity of extreme heat events have increased across large parts of Australia," the report notes in its findings.
The findings show that Western Australia will be one of the continent's hardest hit regions as global temperatures rise over the next 30 years. If greenhouse gas emissions don't decline, projections indicate that the state could see up to 72 days of temperatures above than 35 C annually.
The current average for the number of days above 40 C is only four, but the report notes that this number could increase to 20 days.
Australia has seen its overall temperatures rise by 1 C over the past three years, which has also been associated with El Niño and La Niña in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
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