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 2016 report shows that Australia’s mean temperature has warmed by around 1 degree Celsius since 1910. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2015 was the warmest year on record for the globe since reliable global surface air temperature records began in 1880. The last 15 years are among the 16 warmest years on record.
While South Australia’s climate has always been highly variable, a 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 Australia. In addition to these national-scale projections, the Goyder Institute for Water Research has released climate projections data for South Australia.
Find out more about these climate change projections for South Australia.