A new climate science report has warned hotter temperatures and more extreme rainfall events will occur in the Loddon Campaspe region, which includes Central Goldfields, over the coming decade.
The Loddon Campaspe Climate Projections 2019 report, released by the State Government in conjunction with the CSIRO recently, is part of the Victorian Climate Projections 2019 and is designed to help people understand how the climate will change in their region.
In the Loddon Campaspe region, the report found that by the 2030s, increases in daily maximum temperature of 0.8 to 1.7 degrees (since the 1990s) are expected and by mid-century, the increase is likely to be greater, with a median of 2.4°.
Maximum and minimum daily temperatures are predicted to continue to increase over this century however the amount of increase in the second half of the century depends on the world’s greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades, the report found.
The report found that with rainfall in Victoria already declining in most seasons over recent decades, Loddon Campaspe’s rainfall will continue to be very variable over time, but over the long term, particularly with high emissions, it is expected to continue to decline in winter, spring and autumn.
It also found fire seasons are expected to become more dangerous, longer and commence earlier over time.
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