On the way back from the Yum Yum Cafe this morning I realised it was rather hot, but nothing compared to other parts of the country, even Tasmania!
At least 85 properties have been destroyed as bushfires rage out of control in Tasmania and towns in the state’s south-east have been cut off.
Hundreds of residents have been forced to take shelter on beaches and in boats on the water overnight as fire crews worked through the night to control the blazes.
On the Tasman Peninsular, a massive sea rescue operation has moved more than 1,000 people trapped by fire to safety, 50 kilometres away to Hobart.
Rescue volunteers in boats plucked people trapped by the fires off beaches overnight, with more sea rescues planned today.
In the south east, fire-ravaged town of Dunalley more than 70 homes have been destroyed and there are reports a man may have died in the blaze…
Extremely hot, dry and windy conditions have put southern states on the most extreme fire alert for several years.
Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius are forecast across a wide area, as a heatwave continues to grip the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology says record average temperatures look set to be broken in the next few days, with temperatures to soar across much of central and south-eastern Australia.
Hobart today recorded its highest temperature in 120 years of record keeping.
The record maximum of 41.3 degrees was reached this afternoon and exceeds the pervious record of 40.8 which was set on January 4, 1976.
Countrywide, the average temperature on Wednesday was 39.21 degrees, just below the record of 40.7 set in December of 1972.
The hottest place so far has been Eucla, on the Western Australian border, where it reached 48.1 degrees yesterday afternoon, its hottest day on record and 22 degrees above the summer average.
Reading the Oz in the Yum Yum Cafe I couldn’t help, no doubt somewhat unfairly, thinking – given the appalling one-sidedness of the Oz on climate change – this is all rather ironic.
See also Bureau warns heatwave here to stay.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the heatwave that’s sweeping the nation will last well into next week, as people with heart disease are put on high alert.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning the scorching heat bearing down across many states will continue ‘unabated’ well into next week.
The very high temperatures already felt in Western Australia are moving eastwards across the country, driven by an extremely hot air mass.
The mercury is forecast to peak on Friday at 40C-plus in Alice Springs, Adelaide, Renmark, Melbourne, Mildura, Echuca, Albury, Broken Hill and Wagga Wagga.
The bureau says the extreme heat events can have an impact on people’s health, a warning echoed by the National Heart Foundation.
It is advising those with heart disease to take it very easy during the next few days, with studies showing an increase in heart attacks and death from extreme heat.
Those with heart conditions should think about how they will manage not just this week but for the weeks to come.
The foundation says people most at risk are those with a chronic disease, such as heart disease, and the elderly, children, people on certain medications and those engaged in strenuous outdoor activity.
Meanwhile, as the Bureau of Meteorology warns of the increased risk of bushfires and grassfires, a serious blaze is burning out of control on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula…
LONG-STANDING temperature records may be broken in coming days as a massive heatwave sizzles much of the country.
A huge swath of central and south-eastern Australia is poised to swelter on Friday with temperatures expected to peak at 41 degrees in Melbourne, 42 degrees in Adelaide and even 38 degrees in Hobart.
”We probably will get close to some of the really significant Australia-wide records,” said Aaron Coutts-Smith, New South Wales climate services manager at the Bureau of Meteorology. ”The majority of Australia is suffering from extreme high temperatures.”…