We’ve already endured a super storm and sweltered through the hottest year on record, but Mother Nature is not done with Brisbane yet.
It’s getting hot in here.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology the start of 2015 is set to be warmer than usual for Brisbane, with the January to March outlooks for both daytime and night-time temperatures set to be above normal across most of most of Australia.
This week in particular is set to be a bit of a scorcher. We might be feeling some temporary relief today, but the thermostat will start climbing back up tomorrow, with a maximum of 28°C, while Friday 30 January will see a maximum of 29°C. On Saturday 31 January the maximum temperature is set to hit 32°C, while Sunday 1 February’s maximum is set to go all the way to 34°C. On Monday 2 February we’ll still be feeling the heat with a maximum temperature of 31°C.
Unfortunately, residents have been feeling the heat a lot lately, with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting that Brisbane suffered through warmer than usual days and nights during December 2014. The hottest recorded temperature for for Brisbane in December was 39.6 °C.
But Brisbanites have not been the only ones to suffer, with a report from scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently confirming that record-breaking temperatures scorched our planet last year. The report confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year recorded in more than a century and raised new concerns about global warming.
There’s no relief in sight for us, however, with CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology predicting that temperatures are set to rise up to 5.1°C in Australia by 2090, an increase that would outpace global warming worldwide. A recent report released by the national science agency and the bureau states that temperatures will rise across Australia throughout the century, with the average annual temperature set to be up to 1.3°C warmer in 2030 compared with the average experienced between 1986 and 2005. Australia’s surface air temperature has already increased 0.9°C since 1910, with the number of extreme heat records outnumbering extreme cool records nearly three to one since 2001.
So, what can you do? Well, unless you have a time machine that can transport you back to cooler days, the answer is not much. The heat is here to stay.
However, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you stay cool during the scorching heat. Here are 20 surprising ways to stay cool during a heatwave.
How have you been staying cool in the Brisbane heat?