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Tasmanian weather set to get wild.

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Tasmanian weather set to get wild. (During the next century anyway)




TASMANIANS can expect more intense rainfall episodes and more hot days and warm nights as the climate changes throughout this century, a new report out yesterday shows.

The Climates Futures for Tasmania technical report on extreme events found that the effects of climate change on weather will vary depending on the region.



"Extremely wet days will increase in the South-West and North-East, averaging up to seven days per year, which is about a 25 per cent increase," said the report's lead author, Chris White.

However, the number of rainy days across the state is expected to decrease, with the greatest decline in the North-West.

Dr White said hot summer days and heatwaves would get more frequent.

"The number of summer days [warmer than 25C] is projected to double or triple in some regions. Some areas of Tasmania will get 40 additional summer days a year by the end of the century."

The Climate Futures for Tasmania project, managed by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, is the State Government's most important source of climate change information at a local scale.

Climate Change Minister Cassy O'Connor said the project was crucial.

"The report outlines projections for extreme tide and sea-level events, severe wind gusts in a changing climate, and flooding in Tasmanian rivers," she said.

"The report also includes information on coastal vulnerabilities and projected climate-change impacts on infrastructure, which is all essential information to be used for sea-level rise inundation mapping and in regional planning by local government."



The report can be found at www.climatechange. tas.gov.au

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