Australian Winters Will Be “Non-Existent” By 2050, Says Academic

Mar 14, 2019


Winter as we know it will be “non-existent” in Australia except in parts of Tasmania within the next 30 years, according to a local academic.

ANU’s Dr Geoff Hinchliffe says a new climate tool developed by the university reveals traditional winters will be replaced by “New Summer”.

"We looked at the historical average temperatures of each season and compared them to the projected data and what we find everywhere is that there's really no period of a sustained or lasting winter," said Dr Geoff Hinchliffe.

"In 30 years' time winter as we know it will be non-existent. It ceases to be everywhere apart from a few places in Tasmania.”


According to Dr Hinchliffe:

"As well as the data, we also focused on developing the most effective visual forms for conveying how climate change is going to affect specific locations.

"That meant using colour, shape and size around a dial composition showing a whole year's worth of temperature values in a single snapshot.

"It makes it visually rich and interesting and gives a lot of detail in a way that connects emotionally with people by locating it in their own town," he said.