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More than 150 temperature records broken through summer

HEATWAVES, drought and hot days dominated Australia's last summer; with the Climate Council reporting more than 150 temperature records were broken during the season.

The council's latest report follows on where its Angry Summer report on the 2012-13 season left off, highlighting broken records during the 2013-14 summer.

And it has highlighted broken temperature records across regional Queensland and New South Wales, with a raft of towns experiencing their "hottest daily maximum temperature on record.

In the capitals, the report found Sydney had its driest summer in 27 years, Melbourne its hottest-ever 24 hours and Perth had its second-hottest summer since records began.

The report found climate change was already impacting Australia; lending further weight to the Climate Change Authority's so-far ignored calls to increase emissions reductions beyond the Coalition's target of 5% by 2020.

"Since 2001, the number of extreme heat records has been almost three times greater than the number of cold records for daytime temperatures, and almost five times greater for night-time temperatures," the report reads

"The nature of heatwaves in Australia is also changing: they are becoming hotter, lasting longer, starting earlier, and occurring more frequently."

Among the regional towns with daily maximum record temperatures were Gympie, Kingaroy, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Roma, Taroom, Quilpie, Blackall and Injune in Queensland.


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