Amid a deadly and devastating bushfire season
Experts have issued a dire warning for Australians still reeling from the ferocious bushfires that have raged across the country for months – get used to it.
In response to the crisis, a team of scientists in the United Kingdom convened last month to conduct a “rapid response review” of 57 different pieces of research conducted since 2013.
Their conclusion is that dangerous fire weather – high temperatures, low humidity, minimal preceding rainfall and strong winds – is becoming more frequent and severe in Australia, news.com.au rerports.
And extreme conditions that fuelled the spread of ferocious and deadly blazes, described by fire chiefs as “unprecedented”, are set to become our new norm.
Professor Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the Met Office Hadley Centre and University of Exeter, said human-induced climate change will cause an extra 20 to 30 severe fire danger days each year in the future.
“That’s specifically Australia,” Professor Betts said.