The Suburb Set To Roast As "Extreme" Temperatures Near
One of the country's most densely populated regions is also its warmest, with temperatures set to get even hotter in coming years.
The weather gods are set to test the famed resilience of Western Sydney residents, with increasing summer days of 35 degree-plus temperatures.
The average number of these in the region could reach 52 per year by 2090, according to CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology projections in The Australia Institute's new HeatWatch analysis.
This is a five-fold increase from the historical average of 11 extreme heat days per year.
Most of Australia will experience rising temperatures in coming years but Western Sydney is particularly vulnerable, Richie Merzian, Climate & Energy Program Director at The Australia Institute, told 10 daily.
“This is due to the area's geography inland and heavily built environment that traps and holds heat," he explained.
“Western Sydney often gets up to 10 degrees hotter than the Eastern suburbs. It's also one of the most populated places in Australia [so] a huge amount of people will be impacted by these increases in extreme heat.”
Greater Western Sydney is home to almost two million people, roughly one in every 11 Australians. Its population is projected to reach three million by 2036 and absorb two thirds of the population growth in the Sydney region.
People in the area are three times more likely to suffer from heat related death, according to research by Western Sydney University.
As the global climate system has warmed, the most obvious extreme weather change in Australia has been an increase in record-breaking heat.
Strong climate change policies were in the best interests of Western Sydney, The Australia Institute analysis determined.
If the government doesn't act swiftly on climate change it will be a huge cost to the health system, infrastructure including transport and power systems, and will affect almost every aspect of people’s lives, according to Merzian.
"The majority of Australians want climate action and the number of skeptics, particularly those that vote for conservative parties, has almost halved. Politicians who try and hold back the tide might find themselves unemployed," he offered.
Temperatures in outdoor play areas in Western Sydney are getting dangerously high and concerns are increasing for hotter days ahead, Theresa McGavock, Director of the Kingswood Early Learning Centre, told 10 daily.
“As temperatures continue to increase, I would recommend families cover their children as much as they can with sunscreen, hats and long sleeve clothing during the day. It’s so important to follow the Cancer Council guidelines for outdoor play and make the most of the cooler parts of the day," she described.
Heat cameras showed Astroturf temperatures in a number of local outdoor playgrounds reached 98 degrees and soft fall surfaces hit 83 degrees, according to Western Sydney University research.
"Concerned parents should ask schools and play centre organisers a lot of questions about outdoor play, so they know when their children are playing outside and how long for," McGavock shared.
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