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Centuries of weather extremes surpassed around the world this winter

The road ahead
The road ahead
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On opposite sides of the globe, Australia and the United Kingdom are experiencing their all-time weather extremes of drought and deluge.

Nearly 80 per cent of Queensland in northeast Australia is gripped by the most intractable drought in the region’s history, while Britain and Ireland have suffered their wettest winter in centuries of record keeping.

With 38 shires now drought-stricken,“This is the largest area of Queensland that has ever been drought-declared at one time," according to state Agriculture Minister John McVeigh.

New South Wales is also enduring record drought. The town of Guyra is having its driest summer since record keeping began 125 years ago and Tweed Valley remains parched from its driest February ever.

With UK weather records dating back nearly 250 years, England and Wales officially logged their wettest winter since 1766. Ireland broke precipitation records beginning as early as 1866.

Elsewhere around the world, both Singapore and Israel saw their driest January in recorded history, while Austria had its warmest winter in 250 years of record keeping.