Melbourne and Sydney should prepare for 50-degree Celsius (122-degree Fahrenheit) summer days

23 Oct

Melbourne and Sydney should prepare for 50-degree Celsius days

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A new study warns that Melbourne and Sydney should prepare for 50-degree Celsius (122-degree Fahrenheit) summer days under the Paris Agreement global warming limit of 2 degrees Celsius (4 degrees Fahrenheit).

The new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, assessed the potential magnitude of future extreme temperatures in Australia under Paris targets of an increase in global temperatures of 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius (3 and 4 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

“Major Australian cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, may experience unprecedented temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius under 2 degrees of global warming,” said Sophie Lewis, a climate researcher at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and lead author of the new study. “The increase in Australian summer temperatures indicates that other major cities should also be prepared for unprecedented future extreme heat. Our climate modeling has projected daily temperatures of up to 3.8 degrees Celsius [7 degrees Fahrenheit] above existing records in Victoria and New South Wales, despite the ambitious Paris efforts to curb warming.”…more

Article Category
RESEARCH LETTERS
CLIMATE

Australia’s Unprecedented Future Temperature Extremes Under Paris Limits to Warming

Sophie C. Lewis, Andrew D. King, Daniel M. Mitchell
First Published:
| DOI:
10.1002/2017GL074612

4 Responses to “Melbourne and Sydney should prepare for 50-degree Celsius (122-degree Fahrenheit) summer days”

  1. catterel October 24, 2017 at 2:51 am #

    I sincerely hope you don’t get those temperatures, Uta, unless you have a pleasant shaded pool to relax in!

  2. gerard oosterman October 24, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    The more reason to make housing more insulated and fight to keep our pollution levels as low as possible. Certainly ban burning coal to generate electricity. Australia is badly lagging behind. Turnbull is mad to compromise!

  3. doesitevenmatter3 October 24, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    Those would be some hot days! 😮
    If those temps show up, please stay safe and cool.
    (((HUGS)))

  4. auntyuta October 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    Yes, I hope we can prepare for it appropriately!

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