Posts tagged ‘temperatures’

Taking the temperature of Moreland Playgrounds and surfaces

Hot seat, hot synthetic surface. CB Smith Reserve

Summer is fast approaching and already we have had days with temperatures reaching into the low 30s Celsius degree level. Surfaces in Moreland heat up much more than the ambient temperatures.

This build up of heat in surfaces such as footpaths, roads, buildings, playground equipment and synthetic turf, contributes to the urban heat island effect, which tends to be much more pronounced in highly built up urban areas such as in Moreland.

Particularly notable is that synthetic surfaces have higher spot temperatures than either asphalt or concrete surfaces when all are in full sun.

November 24, 2020 at 12:56 pm 4 comments

Moreland summer temperatures increasing with global heating

Moreland’s Average Maximum January temperature trend

“In Moreland, January’s average top temperature is up 2.4C since 1971.” says Dr Allie Gallant, a climate scientist from Monash University.

“Last year was Australia’s hottest year on record, with an annual average temperature 1.52C above normal. It was also the driest year on record, with national rainfall 40% below normal. Much of the country was affected by drought. The drought worsened dangerous fire conditions, contributing to the devastating bushfire season we’re seeing now.” said Gallant as reported in the Moreland Leader (January 27, 2020).

February 6, 2020 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

As planet burns hot: New report shows Paris a relic of historic failure

Scientists say they are shocked and stunned by the “unprecedented” NASA temperature figures for February 2016, which are 1.65°C higher than the beginning of the twentieth century and around 1.9°C warmer than the pre-industrial level.

Stefan Rahmstorf of Germany’s Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research says we are now “in a kind of climate emergency”. Read his latest article at The Conversation: February’s global temperature spike is a wake-up call.

Like the dramatic and unexpected “big melt” in the Arctic in 2007, we are now in another moment of terrifying climate reality, for Nature cannot be fooled. The recent data suggests it has taken just three months for the Paris climate accord — with its escalating emissions to 2030 — to become a relic, completely disconnected to the task the world now faces.

So what is the reality after Paris?

David Spratt, a member of Climate Action Moreland, has just published this new discusion paper.

Climate Reality Check – After Paris, counting the Cost.
Download the report at Breakthrough

March 16, 2016 at 6:45 pm Leave a comment

February global temperature shocker: time to talk climate emergency


Welcome to the endless Australian summer of 2016, where on March 2nd Australia set a new area average maximum temperature record of over 38C for March. Overnight on the 9th/10th March Melbourne experienced its warmest March night on record with the lowest temperature of 27.7C at 8.45am, although much of the night temperatures hovered around 30C.


March 15, 2016 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

2015 hottest year recorded, 1 degree C above pre-industrial temperatures

Confirmation from NASA, NOAA and UK Met Office that 2015 was the hottest year yet recorded. But 2016 is likely to exceed this record. Ocean heat uptake and warming sea surface temperatures continue apace. For Australia, 2015 was a fifth warmest year on record according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

For us here in Moreland and Melbourne it is likely to increase the probability of extreme heat events and heatwaves in both intensity and duration, and increase the chance of extreme rainfall events.

As a warmer atmosphere increases moisture carrying capacity, extreme rainfall events when they occurr, are also more likely to produce flash flooding. This can be particularly problematic in heavily built up urban areas like Moreland where runoff from torrential rain is exacerbated by all the roofs, pavements and roads causing urban flash flooding. Many of our stormwater drains were engineered in the 19th and early 20th century and were not engineered for the volume of water that can now occurr in extreme rainfall events.

January 22, 2016 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Cool January saw a 1.6 degrees above average minimum temperature

Don’t be fooled by the cool January we have experienced, temperatures are warming up. Melbourne experienced it’s coldest January in 10 years despite the initial couple of extreme heat days at the start of the month. Although Melbourne’s average maximum temperature of 25.9 degrees was the same as the long term average, the average minimum temperature was 1.6 degrees higher than the long term average.

In previous years the average maximum temperature for Melbourne was 28.6 degrees in 2014, 27.3 in 2013 and 27.4 in 2012. The January average minimum temperature was 15.9 degrees, the lowest since 2005, and above the long-term average of 14.3 degrees.

February 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm 4 comments


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UNFCCC climate conferenceNovember 7, 2021
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This is the current C02 in our atmosphere. We need to get it below 350 for a safe climate.

Current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere


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