Extreme weather fears for CQ

EXTREME weather, hotter-than-average temperatures, rising sea levels and crip- pling droughts.

It sounds like the basis for the next Hol- lywood blockbuster, but it's actually the situation facing Central Queensland.

New information, specific to CQ, sug- gests that average temperatures could rise up to six degrees by 2070 if global warming continues.

The research predicts that we will expe- rience almost twice as many droughts per decade and while rainfall is likely to de- crease, it will be intense when it falls.

The area can also expect up to twice as many days above a scorching 35 degrees.

The research was presented at a one-day workshop on climate change in Melbourne last month. Fitzroy River Water senior en- gineer Chris Hegarty attended and said residents would be in for some extreme weather if the forecasts were right.



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