With Maryborough and surrounds experiencing the driest June since the Bureau of Meteorology’s records began 130 years ago, one scientist is saying dry winters may become more common if action against climate change doesn’t happen.
According to the Bureau, most of Victoria also experienced “very much below average” rainfall and a number of areas, including Daylesford, Castlemaine and Donald, recorded their driest June ever. CSIRO research fellow Dr Penny Whetton believes climate change may have contributed to the unseasonally dry month.
“Drier winters in Victoria, such as what Maryborough just experienced in June, are in line with the projected impacts of climate change,” Dr Whetton said.
“The trend is towards drier winters and we can expect to see more of them without efforts to reign
in greenhouse gas emissions. “Many farmers will have a tougher time in drier conditions
resulting from climate change.” Victorian Farmer ’s Federation president David Jochinke said that while the downpours the region received at the start of July gave farmer’s a much needed lifeline, if the dry weather continues it could have detrimental impacts.
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