Australia Heat Blast: A Once in a Lifetime Heatwave Set to Swelter SA, QLD and VIC Sparks Devastating Bushfire Fears

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Australia is going to be rocked by a once in a lifetime heatwave this week that could even break a 125-year temperature record for November (40°C or 104°F) on Thursday in Melbourne. 

At this time of the year, temperatures normally reach the mid 30°C, and it is unusual to see them into the high 30°C.

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A heatwave is set to sweep across Australia, leaving SA, QLD and VIC sweltering. Picture via

This sudden heatwave and the windy conditions prompted officials to declare total fire ban conditions for much of the country as dry weather and soaring heat spark fresh bushfire fears. The ban is forecast to be lifted by Thursday.

Queensland

The sweltering temperatures in Queensland combined with the 70 fires already burning across the state are set to leave firefighters on edge. Currently there is no forecast of significant rain until January.

South Australia

South Australia is also facing catastrophic fire conditions, strong winds and dust haze, with more than 100 schools as well as national parks and reserves shut down for the day as temperatures rise to 45°C (113°F). Again heat records could fall in Adelaide. A total fire ban will be in place across the state.

New South Wales

In NSW’s west, a ‘severe heatwave’ warning is in place, with a ‘low-intensity’ heatwave forecast further inland.

About 50 fires are still burning throughout the state, with the Gospers Mountain blaze still raging out of control, having razed nearly 150,000 hectares. 

The interior parts of the state have been issued a ‘catastrophic’ fire warning though, with levels hitting severe and very high in many other areas.

Western Australia

Catastrophic warnings are in place for parts of Western Australia (red) with severe (orange) and very high (yellow) warnings in place for parts of the coastline.

Catastrophic warnings are in place for parts of Western Australia (red) with severe (orange) and very high (yellow) warnings in place for parts of the coastline
Catastrophic warnings are in place for parts of Western Australia (red) with severe (orange) and very high (yellow) warnings in place for parts of the coastline

So make sure you are drinking plenty of water and keeping cool by avoiding going out in the heat of the day. [Daily Mail]

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1 COMMENT

  1. I live in central Queensland town of Mt Isa in 1988 and the daily temp was 115 F. It is ok, it is Australia, we get hot years and droughts and then wet years and floods regularly. No big deal.

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