Australia is in the grip of an extraordinary heat wave that looks set to break existing temperature records. The warm period is expected to extend until March. It is going to be a long hot summer, which brings with it the possibility of bush fires.
Recall the extraordinary heat waves that gripped North America last year in (March and June) in which thousands of temperature records were smashed. Let us not forget the 2012-12 drought that covers 80% of the United States.
In December of last year the British Meteorological Office predicts 2013 may be one of the warmest on record:
Taking into account the range of uncertainty in the forecast and observations, it is very likely that 2013 will be one of the warmest ten years in the record which goes back to 1850, and it is likely to be warmer than 2012.
The prediction follows provisional figures for…
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