An Australian government report has warned that the country is facing severe drought and heat waves on an unprecedented scale.
Australia is facing severe drought and heat waves on an unprecedented scale, a government report warns. Droughts could hit twice as often as is currently the case, and could be more severe in key agricultural areas, it says.
By 2030, instances of extreme temperatures are forecast every one-to-two years, instead of usual 20 to 25 years.
And the physical area of Australia having an exceptionally hot year could increase from just under 5pc to 95pc, it says.
Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent, is currently suffering its worst drought in a century. Normally, it is the world's second-largest wheat exporter. But last year's harvest fell to just 13 million tonnes because of drought.
"The analysis shows that the extent and frequency of exceptionally hot years have been increasing rapidly over recent decades and this trend is expected to continue," the report said. (©Daily Telegraph, London)