By Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:52 GMT, 2 March 2020 | Updated: 02:29 GMT, 2 March 2020
Australians are expected to swelter through summers which last twice as long as winter - bringing about an increased fire danger and drought.
Temperatures throughout the nation are currently increasing at a faster rate than the global average, the Bureau of Meteorology head of climate monitoring Karl Braganza warned.
He said Australia had warmed by about 1.4 degrees Celsius while the rest of the world had increased by 1.1C.
'Australia warms slightly more than the global average,' Dr Braganza told a Senate estimates committee in Canberra on Monday.
When temperatures across the rest of the world increase by 3.4C on average - which was estimated in a recent report - Australia is projected to be closer to 4C, he said.
BoM chief Andrew Johnson said Australia was expected to become drier and warmer, which would see the