Record breaking heatwaves in Norway and a crippling drought in Australia are challenging climate change skeptics.
The summer of 2018 will be remembered as Norway's warmest on record, and one of the driest which has left the country's agriculture industry on the brink of collapse.
Meanwhile, in Australia, all of New South Wales and parts of Queensland are in drought during the winter/spring period.
Ane Nyrerod, of StormGeo Weather Agency, had no doubt that the Norwegian summer would be remembered and talked about for years to come.
"This is the best summer in the form of nice and warm weather, since the very first weather recordings started back in 1800.”
However, Ms Nyerod said the unusually warm weather had been critical in relation to crops, which had failed due to the lack of rain.
We believe this is one of the consequences of climate change - Dr Lundstad
Further, a lack of water in the hydroelectric plants was expected to result in expensive electricity.
Norway, as one of the wettest nations in Europe, normally receives rain from low pressures coming in from the Gulfstream.
Ms Nyerod said the recent summer period was "highly unusual", where a long lasting high-pressure system was established over the Scandinavian Peninsula, pushing low pressure systems and rain to Southern Europe.
Dr Elin Lundstad, Scientist at the Meteorological Institute of Norway said: "Scandinavia has never seen a high pressure lasting for over three months."
What really distinguishes the summer of 2018 is that it was both warm and dry over several months, the warmest on record.”
”However, we have seen a pattern over the last ten to twenty years where a certain type of weather lasts for longer periods of time.
"We believe this is one of the consequences of global climate change,” Dr. Lundstad said.
Data from The Meteorological Institute of Norway, shows that July was 5.3 degrees warmer than usual.
This increased the average high temperature of southern Norway to around 27 degrees for July, which looks more like an average for a Mediterranean country. May was soaring at 5.4 degrees over average temperatures.
The consequences of the extreme weather has been devastating for the agriculture industry and the farmers.
Simen Solbakken of Norway's National Farmers Association said: “The agriculture industry is now in negotiations with the government for economic support after the devastating summer.”
The compensation offered from the state so far has been deemed too low and the Association is now demanding more help to combat the costly losses.
“For producers, there is an estimated loss in crops worth almost one billion Australian dollars. The compensation farmers will receive from the government is currently set at only one hundred and sixty million dollars,” Mr. Solbakken said.
For Norwegian farmers, total revenue is down over 30 percent in comparison to a normal year.
According to Mr. Solbakken, potato and vegetable farmers have suffered the largest direct income losses.
For livestock farmers, it is primarily the price increases due to a lack of feed that contributes to the loss. Grain crops are estimated at only 35-40 percent compared to a normal year.
"There is a shortage of seeds. Drought in neighboring countries means that there are limited opportunities for imports,” Mr. Solbakken said.
I don’t know what is going to happen from here”
Limited access to feed and hay has resulted in a mass slaughter of sheep and cattle. These are animals that should have been slaughtered later in the year or next year.
This has led to large amounts of meat in cold stores, which will lead to deficits later, because there will be fewer animals to slaughter next year.
”The drought has had a huge impact on Norwegian food production. Many producers within the agriculture sector will go bankrupt and many will have reduced production in years to come,” Mr. Solbakken said.
Elin Roed, of the Vestfold County Farmer Association said: “The access to hay is limited and will have a huge impact on dairy and meat production for next year.”
A recent tourist to Norway, David Robertson, said he was shocked at the impact of the drought on the countryside.
The thirty-three-year-old Sydneysider travelled around Northern Europe for three weeks.
”I thought I was in Spain. The grass was brown, absolutely not what I was expecting of Norway. I heard that their summers are like Sydney winters.”
”There wasn't any rain in The Netherlands, Germany or Norway and the temperatures were constantly soaring around 30 - 35 degrees,” Mr Robertson said.
Like Norwegian farmers, their Australian counterparts are struggling with the affects of severe drought.
Australia is also struggling to meet demand for hay and feed due to the severe drought conditions that has traumatized farmers.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, most of New South Wales and Southern Queensland has experienced severe to 'lowest on record' rainfall deficiencies.
Dan Retschlag, Stock Feed Manager at Bernie’s produce in Advancetown, Queensland, said: “We are struggling to produce feed for our cattle farmers, horse people and hobby farmers.
"I’m scared of the drought that is affecting us up here in Queensland at the moment. I don’t know what is going to happen from here,” Mr. Retschlag said.
Amanda O’Sullivan, of Advancetown Horse Equestrian Centre said, “Unfortunately we may have to sell a lot of our stock, due to not being able to afford to feed our horses.”
Farmers in rural Australia are also suffering increasing rates of mental health issues due to the drought.
NSW Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies has announced increased mental health services will be available in rural NSW with funding for new programs designed to reach people who often suffer in silence.
“Rural communities experience double the rate of suicide (compared to) urban communities,” Mrs Davies said.
While farmers around the globe struggle with rising temperatures and more extreme weather patterns, tourists can see an upside to the sunny and warm weather.
“Experiencing the fjords and stunning scenery of Norway in 30 degrees was beyond stunning,” Mr Robertson said.