Queenslanders who’ve experienced the worst floods in more than 100 years are being told that it’s because of climate change, the Northern Territory government has said.
The flood warning issued to the north-west of the state was issued after the state’s chief scientist warned there was a “real possibility” of severe weather occurring in the next few days.
“It’s just a really difficult time,” chief scientist Mark Butler said.
“We know that the drought is in effect in Queensland and that means that we are in drought.”
In a report, Mr Butler said a number of factors were contributing to the drought, including a strong El Nino and the increased frequency of extreme rainfall events.
“The impacts of these climate-related extremes on the state are being assessed, and will be part of the review that will be undertaken in the coming weeks,” he said.