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Australia to get hotter, bushfire season to last longer: Study

Published on Mar 4, 2014 11:48 AM
Firefighters battle flames during wildfires in Banjup, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, on Feb 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia will suffer more days of extreme heat and a longer bushfire season as greenhouse gases force temperatures to continue rising, a new report warned on Tuesday.

The joint study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Bureau of Meteorology said temperatures across Australia were, on average, almost 1 deg C warmer than a century ago.

Seven of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998 while over the past 15 years the frequency of very hot months has increased fivefold, it said.

The scenario was starkly illustrated in 2013, which was Australia's hottest year since records began in 1910 and included a prolonged national heatwave.

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