Extreme heat wave continues in Australia and scientists blame the climate crisis as the main cause

Extreme heat wave continues in Australia and scientists blame the climate crisis as the main cause

The temperature has hit a record-breaking high of 45C, with 1400 firefighters currently battling brush fire outbreaks across the country.

The last few days in Australia have been the hottest in the country's history, and it's all because of the climate crisis. 

'There's certainly the potential for further days to reach maximums above 40C in the next week,' Blair Trewin from the Bureau of Meteorology told the Sydney Morning Herald. 




These extreme temperature fluctuations are due to the effects of the climate crisis. "We'll definitely have to crunch the numbers on this week, but there are certainly cases where we've seen temperatures that are so extreme, that they are not what we'd expect without that additional kick from climate change."  

Dr Sophie Lewis, a climate scientist at the University of New South Wales, said these records were "exceptional." 

"It's not just the frequency that we're breaking them, it's the margin," she said.

"We're now seeing temperatures that are occurring outside what we'd expect from natural variability alone.




Bureau meteorologist Sarah Scully said swathes of south-eastern Australia will experience severe to extreme heatwaves this week. "We're expecting large areas of inland South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to experience temperatures in the mid to high 40s," she said. "For many areas, severe to extreme heatwave conditions will be felt, so it's important people follow the advice of health authorities, stay up to date with the latest forecasts."

Exhausted firefighters prepare to battle one of the over 70 fires ignited from dry brush. The last few months have seen more than 900 homes lost across the dry continent, according to authorities.

The fires have destroyed more than 3.7 million hectares (9.1 million acres) across five states and at least six people have died in NSW and two in South Australia during the bushfire emergency.



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