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Australian climate on 'steroids' after hottest summer

Published on Mar 4, 2013 10:32 AM
 
In this Jan 4, 2013, photo provided by the Holmes family, Tammy Holmes (second from left) and her grandchildren, two-year-old Charlotte Walker (left), four-year-old Esther Walker (third from left), nine-year-old Liam Walker, eleven-year-old Matilda (second from right), and six-year-old Caleb Walker (right), take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages near-by in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia. Australia's weather went "on steroids" over a summer that saw an unprecedented heatwave, bushfires and floods, the climate chief said on Monday, warning that global warming would only make things worse. -- FILE PHOTO : AP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's weather went "on steroids" over a summer that saw an unprecedented heatwave, bushfires and floods, the climate chief said on Monday, warning that global warming would only make things worse.

The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed that the three summer months ending Feb 28 were the hottest season ever recorded in Australia, leading the government's Climate Commission to label it the "Angry Summer" in a new report.

"The Australian summer over 2012 and 2013 has been defined by extreme weather events across much of the continent, including record-breaking heat, severe bushfires, extreme rainfall and damaging flooding," the report said.

"Extreme heatwaves and catastrophic bushfire conditions during the 'Angry Summer' were made worse by climate change."

 
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