Sophie Lewis writes in The Conversation (7.11.16) about how record global temperatures like those witnessed in 2015 will by normal by 2030, and how Australia's record-breaking 2013 summer will likely be an average summer by 2035.
'Generation Y has grown up in a rapidly warming world. According to the US National Climate Data Centre, every month since February 1985 has seen above average global temperatures, compared with the twentieth century. I have no memories of a “normal” month.
'2016 is on track to be the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous records set in 2015 and in 2014. These are just a few of the flurry of recent record temperatures, which includes Australia’s hottest day, week, month, season and year.
'The question now is what the future will look like. At some point in the decades to come, these record-breaking temperatures will not be rare; they will become normal. But when exactly?'