Australia Shivers in Extreme Cold

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Person heating their hands at home over a domestic portable radiator in winter

Queensland, Australia, is known as the Sunshine State because of its consistently warm and sunny weather. This week, however, Queensland suffered its coldest maximum temperature in two decades. Coming in at 12.4 degrees Celsius (54.3 degrees Fahrenheit), Queensland’s July 3 temperatures barely exceeded the record-low daily maximum temperature of 12.0 degrees Celsius, which was set in 2000.

On July 4, Queensland experienced its seventh-lowest-ever maximum high temperature.

The record temperatures in 2000 and 2022 occurred despite global warming during the past century, illustrating the modest nature of the warming.

Rockhampton and Toowoomba also suffered record cold during the first week of July, as did the Gold Coast Seaway.

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