Here’s how climate change may make Australia’s wildfires more common

Extreme wildfires down under are linked to a weather pattern that starts in the Indian Ocean

Lake Tabourie fire

A fire burns on January 4 in Lake Tabourie, Australia, about 200 kilometers south of Sydney. This season’s massive bushfires, fueled by long-term drought and extreme heat, were exacerbated by a weather pattern known as the Indian Ocean dipole.

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