Case study: State Heatwave Risk Assessment

Climate science Darling Downs South West South East Queensland (West) South East Queensland (South) South East Queensland (North) Fraser Coast and Gympie Bundaberg–Burnett Central Queensland Mackay Isaac Whitsundays North Queensland North West Queensland Far North Queensland

The Queensland Government’s State Heatwave Risk Assessment 2019 features long-term climate change projections as part of its analysis of future climate risks in Queensland. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services partnered with the Department of Environment and Science and Queensland Health to produce the assessment based on Queensland’s high resolution climate projection data. The assessment reveals that most Queensland regions are likely to experience more days over 35 degrees Celsius, with heatwaves that are more intense and last longer.