How is climate change affecting South Australia?
The latest data provided by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the State of the Climate 2014 report shows that Australia’s climate has already changed. Since 1910, more hot days have been recorded than cold days, with an overall warming of 0.9 degrees Celsius. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2014 was Australia’s third-warmest year on record since national temperature observations commenced in 1910.
While South Australia’s climate has always been highly variable, a strong warming trend has been observed since the 1970s. According to the latest data, average temperatures across the State have warmed almost 1 degree Celsius over the past century. Rainfall has also declined over most of the state since the 1970s, particularly for autumn and spring rainfall over the agricultural regions.In South Australia, we had our second-warmest year on record in 2014.
Climate change projections
The CSIRO, in collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology, has released climate change projections for Australian regions. In complement to these national-scale projections, the Goyder Institute for Water Research has released downscaled climate projections data for South Australia.
Find out more about these climate change projections for South Australia.