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Voice of Real Australia: Why make a decision now, when you can make it in 12 months

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Australia should be front and centre of that ice-cream - expect a very warm one this week. Photo: Shutterstock

Australia should be front and centre of that ice-cream - expect a very warm one this week. Photo: Shutterstock

In the eyes of some pollies, it's probably really bad timing. Or maybe it's just another spooky coincidence.

So out of respect for our "leaders" (that's a term open to conjecture, isn't it?) we're not going to delve too deeply into the natural chaos expected to descend across the nation today and this week.

Hang on, that makes it sound as if Mother Nature has been performing to seasonal norms for the past few months which, of course, she hasn't. But no, we're not going down that path, are we?

To be fair, it's not just our pollies keen to keep specific environmental discussions to a minimum.

After a fortnight of talks in Spain about how best to deal with global warming, delegates from almost 200 nations passed declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor countries suffering from the effects of a changed climate.

But despite holding the longest climate talks ever in 25 nearly annual editions they left one of the thorniest issues - how to regulate global carbon markets - for the next summit in Scotland next year.

Brazil and Australia were among the main holdouts, delegates said.

Why do today what you can put off for another 12 months, eh? It's not like anyone will notice.

 The temperature at Albion Park is expected to peak at 39 degrees on Saturday. Picture: Sylvia Liber

The temperature at Albion Park is expected to peak at 39 degrees on Saturday. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Mastheads across our network have shared warnings about particularly threatening weather over the next few days which actually worsens as the week wears on.

And we're talking rather disparate communities, too. From Bendigo, where the city's hottest December day on record may well be fast approaching; to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area where "temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-40s from Wednesday until at least Sunday" the Area News in Griffith says; and also in the Illawarra where a "low intensity heatwave" is expected.

Ballarat is going for four consecutive days above 33 degrees later this week, with Friday expected to max out into what is predicted to be the city's hottest ever December day.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Helen Kirkup said a very hot air mass in central Australia was pushing east and would travel across NSW and the ACT throughout this week.

"There is a chance a lot of places will break [temperature] records," Ms Kirkup said.

Courtesy of the BOM.

Courtesy of the BOM.

And we haven't even mentioned Port Augusta, South Australia, which is staring down the barrel of 45 tomorrow and 47 on Wednesday.

Now, it might seem odd but many of those exceptionally warm places are also facing fire threats. But shhh, remember, we're not talking about that.

Maybe the weather boffins have it wrong. Either way, stay hydrated and as cool as possible.

And maybe, just maybe, if you're headed to a community facing water shortages, if you can, take a slab - of water!

Janine Graham, ACM digital news editor

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