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Researchers predict that winter will no longer exist in Australia in 2050

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A new climate tool developed by Australian Universities predict the end of winter in Australia by 2050.  Instead the country could have a new season called “New Summer.”

In Australia the winter season runs from June to September.  During this point in the year the south of the country becomes more fresher and more agreeable temperatures take root in the north-east, north and north-west of the country.  However for how much longer will this be the case?  Researchers from the Australian National University school of art and design have teamed up with climate experts to develop a tool that can help them anticipate evolving Australian tempertures until 2050. According to the results of this tool there will be some big changes.

End of winter

According to Geoff Hinchliffe, a lecturer at the UNA, a large part of the Australian continent will no longer have a “sustained or durable winter” by 2050.  Geoff Hinchliffe claims that in thirty years time, “winter will no longer exist” except in Tasmania at the far south of the country. The tool allows – depending on the region – to report the number of degrees of increase and the number of additional days per year exceeding 30 or 40 degrees.

The Groom district, west of Brisbane in Queenstown, is meant to be the most affected area.  Here, average temperatures could increase by 4.77°C by 2050.  We can also note rising temperature in Melbourne in the south of the country by +2.8°C.  More generally, researchers believe that this standard rise in temperatures will mark the end of the winter season as we know it today.

Instead of winter, Australians will have spring summer, autumn and a longer season that will be called “new summer”.  During this period, temperatures will regularly reach temperatures above 40°C for prolonged periods of time.

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Temperature predictions for Sydney in 2050. Credits : myclimate.acf.org

Attractive tool to make people aware

As well as this data, researchers have said they have tried to develop a visually appealing tool in order to make Australian inhabitants aware of this future as much as possible. “It involved using colour around a dial displaying the temperature values of an entire year in a single snapshot,” explains the researcher. “This makes the site visually rich and interesting, with many details, so as to create an emotional connection with people.”

The tool, available online, allows internet users to click on thousands of districts  in Australia, divided into electorates to see how local weather could evolve by 2050. For those interested, you’ll find the tool right here.

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