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Australia's major cities should prepare for 50-degree Celsius days

Staff Writer |
Australia's major cities Melbourne and Sydney should be bracing for days where the mercury soars above 50 degrees Celsius.

This is even if the world adheres to allowing no more than a 2- degree Celsius rise in global temperatures set out in the Paris climate agreement, Australian researchers said.

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) studied potential future temperatures in Australia's major cities, using conservative estimates of global warming, and found that Sydney and Melbourne could be experiencing 50 degrees days by the end of the century.

Up till now, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Melbourne is 46.4 degrees Celsius, while Sydney once experienced temperatures of 45.8 degrees Celsius.

According to lead researcher from the ANU, Dr. Sophie Lewis, parts of Australia would experience far higher rises in temperature even if the average rise across the world was just 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius.

"Major Australian cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, may experience unprecedented temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius under 2 degrees of global warming," Lewis said in a statement released on Wednesday.

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