Climate Change Commission: report shows QLD is warming

AUSTRALIANS have lived through the hottest 12 months in more than 100 years, with climate experts labelling the mild winters and scorching summers of 2013 the warmest on record.

The Climate Council - led by climate scientist Professor Tim Flannery - released its report on Wednesday with figures suggesting Queensland copped its third warmest July on record and second-hottest October since recordings began in 1910.

Many of these findings would be little surprise to much of Queensland which experienced horrifying drought conditions and high temperatures throughout the year.

Both New South Wales and Queensland enjoyed their second-warmest winters on record. Nationally, the first six months of 2013 were the hottest start to a calendar year.

It was the hottest January, the hottest summer, warmest spring and hottest year overall.

The council cites figures from the Bureau of Meteorology showing the average temperature for Australia last year was 1.2 degrees above the average temperatures from 1961 to 1990.

The minimum and maximum temperatures were both above average in 2013. Report author Professor Will Steffen said all weather was now inside an environment with more heat than 50 years ago.

"This is loading the dice towards more record hot weather, in Australia and around the world," he said.

"Although more record hot weather is virtually certain for the next few decades, even higher risks of heat for the second half of the century can be averted by slowing climate change and then stabilising the climate system.

"This requires urgent, persistent and deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades, here in Australia and around the world."  



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