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Australia registered its hottest-ever December last year

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Australia reported its hottest day on record for December and it was also the warmest December ever, during a heatwave that began last month and has continued into January, the country’s Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday.

Every Australian state and territory was affected by the heatwave at some stage and numerous locations reported their highest daily maximum temperature on record for December or January, with some locations exceeding their previous records by large margins, it said.

The blazing weather comes after an extreme heatwave affected the tropical Queensland coast during late November.

The country is currently in the midst of the Southern Hemisphere summer.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in October 2018 that global temperatures are likely to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if global warming continues at its current pace and if the world fails to take rapid and unprecedented measures in line with the Paris Agreement reached on November 4, 2016.

The international pact has been signed by 195 countries and 173 of them have now formally ratified the agreement.

The Paris agreement seeks to avert climate change by limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures by 2050. It also sets out a goal of reaching a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius, if possible.

The adopted text acknowledges that the risks of climate change are much more serious than previously thought. The deal is to take effect in 2020.

(Source: Agencies)

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