Australian summers presently an entire month longer, says environmental change report

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From the Himalayas to the Arctic, global warming is making for longer and drier summer seasons with critical results to the landscape. Australia, which simply encountered its hottest and driest year on record and was then ravaged by devastating bushfires at its end, is one telling model. A group of analysts considering this alarming trend has crunched the numbers on the Australian summer’s present beginning and endpoints, finding that it currently runs for one month longer than the mid-20th century benchmark.

The examination was completed by specialists at think tank the Australia Institute, who worked with temperature information from the Australian government’s Bureau of Meteorology. The scientists utilized the every day average temperatures from the mid-20th century, somewhere in the range of 1950 and 1969, as a benchmark and contrasted that with the day by day average temperatures somewhere in the range of 1999 and 2018 to determine how environmental change is influencing Australia’s seasons.

Within this, the group took a gander at the day by day temperatures that mark the start of the various seasons and found that the nation over, all four are getting hotter. Over the past two decades, the group found that summer was an average of 31 entire days longer than the benchmark, with the season showing up about fourteen days sooner and completion two weeks after the fact. Winter, the group found, is likewise over three weeks shorter.

The group likewise examined a more recent period, somewhere in the range of 2014 and 2018, and found a considerably more dramatic difference in seasonal shifts. The summers were on average right around 50 percent longer than they were midway through the 20th century, and around twice the length winters in a similar period.

“Temperatures which were considered a regular three month Summer in the 1950s, now span from early to mid-November to mid-March,” said Richie Merzian, Climate & Energy Program Director at the Australia Institute. “Following the hottest Summer on record, it commonplace to hear older Australians claim Summers aren’t what they use do be. And they are right.”

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