Australia Experiences Hottest Summer on Record: Report

Australia has recorded its hottest summer on record, the Climate Council has revealed.

The council released a report into the season on Thursday, showing extreme temperatures over the past three months.

Port Augusta in South Australia reached a record breaking 49.5 degrees Celsius in January, while Townsville broke its 10-day accumulated rainfall total.

Every state experienced serious bushfires.

The nation’s extreme summer saw more than 200 weather records broken in just 90 days.

Climate Council chief executive Amanda McKenzie said the summer was unprecendented in Australia’s history.

“This summer was so hot we witnessed fruit cooking on trees,” Ms McKenzie said.

“In Melbourne, the Australian Tennis Open had to implement its new extreme-heat policy, postponing matches, as temperatures soared.”

She said burning of fossil fuels were the cause.

“What we’re living with is part of a long-term warming trend driven by the burning of fossil fuels and land clearing,” Ms McKenzie said.

The after-effects of the summer season have spilled into autumn, with fires raging in parts of the country.

“Now, hot the heels of Austarlia’s ‘angriest summer’, we have autumn fires burning across parts of Victoria,” former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Mullins said.

“Climate change has lengthened bushfire seasons.”

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