Hot, dry future: climate change fears for the Riverina

16/01/2019 Posted by admin

Future firefighters like Mark Hocking, of Glenfield Rural Fire Service, will be confronted by more severe fire weather days if greenhouse gases continue to rise. Picture: Les SmithWAGGA and the Riverina will have to radically overhaul its infrastructure in response to hotter days, shifting rainfall patterns and extreme fire danger predicted under new climate change modelling, experts say.

The data, released by the Office of Environment and Heritage, found the temperature in Wagga and surrounds will rise by 0.7 degrees by 2030 and will continue to rise by two degrees out to 2070.

Wagga now gets about 20 days above 35 degrees a year. Hot days are expected to increase by eight more a year by 2030 and continue to rise to 40 – double the city’s current average -by 2070.

The south of the state is particularly affected by changing rainfall patterns, the data shows. The region will receive less rain in spring but is likely to receive more intense rain in summer and autumn.

Wagga environmental educator Andrew Wallace warned of the dire consequences for farmers as a result of changing rainfall patterns.

Environmental educator Dr Andrew Wallace has warned about the impacts of changing rainfall on the Riverina.

“We are really changing climate science,” he said.

“We’re moving to a more summer type of rainfall than a winter rainfall and that’s the bite. It’s going to affect the agricultural sector, particularly our wheat.”

Maxwell agronomist Don Kirkpatrick said a significant impact of less rain in September and October was reduced yields.

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