The Bureau of Meteorology issued an extreme heatwave warning for Taree, ahead of a January week with one day over 40°C. Extreme heatwaves can be dangerous for everyone, especially older people, babies, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with medical conditions and people who are unwell. This weather is contributing to a forecasted High fire danger rating.
Taree has a historic baseline of 3.5 days over 35°C per year (based on 1981-2010 data). More recently, the area experienced over 16 days of 35°C+ heat in 2019.
According to CSIRO-BoM projections, under a high emissions scenario, Taree can expect up to 39 days per year over 35°C – more than ten times the historic baseline – and up to 4 annual days over 40°C, by 2090. Yet, if emissions are drastically limited, Taree could keep the number of days over 35°C to just 9 in 2090 – similar to the historic baseline.