The Victorian government has recently released the ‘Climate Science Report 2019’, which brings together the latest climate change science knowledge gained from the government’s ongoing investigations into climate science. The report provides further useful insights into both how our climate is changing and what it means for Victoria’s future.
In many ways, there is nothing new in the report. It notes that Victoria’s climate has ‘changed in recent decades, becoming warmer and drier’. These changes are expected to continue in the future.
In general terms, the state’s environment is becoming hotter and drier, with
- an overall increase in the frequency of unusually hot days
- a decline in cool season rainfall over the last 30 years
- greater number of very high fire danger days in spring
There are some details relevant to mountain environments, which we will outline briefly below (as direct quotes).