Australia, Spring has sprung and we're all about to feel the heat.
The report from the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed what we have all been thinking, after last July's record breaking temperatures (hottest on average in over 100 years of weather reporting) Spring is expected to be quite toasty. Weather forecaster David Crock points out to the ABC, that Queensland, Northern Western Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales will be hit with the Spring heat wave more than any other states.
It’s due to a ridge of high pressure in eastern Australia, which has seen clear skies and a warm air mass all over the country..
Australia, particularly the East has remained warm due to the high-pressure system preventing the cold fronts moving north.
Greg Browning, a meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, explains:
"This background warming signal that we're seeing right across the globe associated with global warming. It seems like the warming conditions we've seen right across the globe are just becoming commonplace, and we're seeing them in monthly temperatures on a regular basis."
According to reports posted in the Nature Climate Change journal the hot climate will increase if global warming was kept to the Paris Climate Summit target of 1.5C.
There is a severe drought warning if these temperatures continue to rise. Though Professor Roger Stone said further research needed to be conducted. To confirm the theory. He explains that El Nino has a fairly noticeable impact on in Queensland.
In my opinion, it would be good to see some other follow-up studies besides this very useful one in Nature Climate Change and see other groups around the world if they get the same results perhaps before we get too alarmed by this.
Senior broadcaster Andrew Watkins explains that because of the record breaking dryness of Winter, there will a higher risk of bushfires in Spring and Summer.
“In terms of what’s happened over winter the fire potential certainly has been higher for eastern Australia,” Dr Watkins told the The Australian.