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Adelaide World’s Hottest City at 43.3°C

Posted by feww on January 16, 2014

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Temperatures could top 46°C in Adelaide, Australia: Forecast

Adelaide is currently the world’s hottest city at 43.3°C (110 degrees) at 03:00UTC, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), and a maximum temp of 46°C (115 degrees) is forecast for the city today amid a blistering heatwave.

A persistent heatwave continues to smash temperature records and cause bushfires to rage out of control in parts of southeastern Australia Thursday.

Hundreds of blazes have been sparked by lightning storms across the “lost continent” and many are burning  uncontrollably, as of posting.

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Daily maximum temperature anomaly for Australiana.  All temperature anomalies are calculated w.r.t the average over the 1961 to 1990 reference period. Source: BOM.

Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat

The so-called  Climate Council of Australia, a privately-founded organization, which includes former members of a a government-sponsored climate change watchdog that was dissolved last year by the  PM Tony Abbott, has issued a report titled: “Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat.” The following are excerpts from the report.

  • Climate change is already increasing the risk of bushfires.
  • Extreme fire weather has increased over the last 30 years in southeast Australia.
  •  In southeast Australia the fire season is becoming longer.
  •  Recent severe fires have been influenced by record hot, dry conditions. Australia has just experienced its hottest year on record in 2013.
  • In the future, Australia is very likely to experience an increased number of days with extreme fire danger.
  • Heatwaves have increased across Australia.
  • The duration and frequency of heatwaves increased between 1971 and 2008, with the hottest days becoming even hotter.
  • Record hot days and heatwaves are expected to increase in the future.
  • Rising temperatures and heatwaves are one of the most direct consequences of climate change.
  • Climate change is making extreme events even worse in terms of their impacts on people, property, communities and the environment.
  • This is the critical decade. Australia must strive to cut emissions rapidly and deeply to join global efforts to stabilize the world’s climate and to reduce the risk of even more extreme events, including bushfires.

Most FIRE-EARTH readers would be familiar with the above facts, since they first learned about them as early as 2007.

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Uncontrolled Bushfires Rage in Victoria and South Australia

Posted by feww on January 15, 2014

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Hundreds of wildfires plague Victoria and South Australia, as thunderstorms threaten to spark more blazes

Lightning-sparked bushfires are burning out of control in the state of Victoria and South Australia amid soaring temperatures caused by a persistent heatwave, as thunderstorms threaten to spark more fires.

Residents of south-east Australia are again sweltering today, after the mercury in Melbourne rose to about 43ºC (109 degrees) on Tuesday. In Adelaide a high of 45.1ºC (113 degrees) was recorded yesterday, said a report.

“The Country Fire Authority (CFA) say more than 250 fires were started by lightening strikes overnight, and 29 were yet to be brought under control.”

  • Several temperature records were shattered in South Australia as electricity generators struggled to cope with the demand.
  • Records were also broken across Tasmania.
  • Adelaide could break the previous record of 46.1ºC  (115 degrees) set in January 1939.

Authorities have issued severe fire danger ratings across the region.

aus max temp map -bom 14-1-14
Weekly max. temperature map for Australia valid for the week ending Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Source: BOM

Hottest Year Since Records Began in 1910

Australia experienced its hottest year in 2013  since records began more than a 100 years ago, said BOM earlier this month. The continent recorded average temperatures of 1.2ºC above the long-term average of 21.8 degree Celsius, shattering the previous record set in 2005.

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