HeatWatch puts current Australian research about temperature increases due to global warming into context, using data from the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO.
Global temperature increases of 1.5 or 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels will have dramatic impacts on human health, the ecosystem and the economy. The IPCC has found that human-induced warming reached 1 degree above pre-industrial levels in 2017.
Current policy settings would see more extreme warming than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. However, temperatures fluctuate by much more than a few degrees every day, meaning that the compounding and extreme effects of temperature increases can be difficult to imagine.
HeatWatch uses extreme heat days (days over 35 degrees) along with other thresholds like 37 degrees and 40 degrees to highlight that the effects of global warming will include a dramatic increase in days where it is uncomfortable or dangerous to operate outside – affecting industries like construction, sport and other outdoor activities.