If you think it’s been getting hotter around here – you’re right! Records of average temperatures in Olympic Park (the nearest weather recording station to the City of Canada Bay) show that average annual temperatures have increased from 22.7 degrees in 1998 to 24.5 degrees in 2019, an increase of 1.8 degrees in 22 years. In the same period, the number of days over 30 degrees has increased from 43 days to 60 days. That’s virtually doubled the number of days we get over 30 degrees!
Climate change has started, and will get a lot worse.
These figures (from the Bureau of Meteorology) have been smoothed to show the trends using five year rolling averages – the red figures. The raw figures in the charts (in blue) show an even greater change.