Climate change forecasts for Central Queensland

Climate scientists are united in their assessment that the world is heating at an accelerated rate and that urgent action is required if we are to limit the global warming and maintain our ecosystems and our way of life.  

Central Queensland often experiences climate extremes such as cyclones, storms, floods, droughts, heatwaves and bushfires.  Climate change is likely to exacerbate the frequency and severity of these natural events.

Based on global climate modelling, Central Queensland can expect:

  • higher than average temperatures in all seasons of the year,
  • an increased number and duration of heatwaves and the number of days above 35oC will more than double,
  • an increase in the intensity of extreme rainfall events and possibly less winter rainfall,
  • sea levels rises and the height of extreme sea-level events to get even higher,
  • more frequent and more dangerous fire-weather conditions,
  • warmer and more acidic ocean conditions.