Powerful heat has gripped much of Australia, increasing the already serious threat of bushfires. The worst situation is in the north-west of the country, where on Sunday the temperature was close to a historic record.
‘Extreme’ heat warnings have been in force across large areas of Western Australia for the second day in a row. They have also been introduced in the state of South Australia.
Severe heat alerts are also in force for parts of Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
Close to the record
In the Western Australian state of Paraburdoo, temperatures reached a shade-high 48.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The absolute heat record in the entire country is 50.7 degrees Celsius recorded on January 13, 2022, at the airport in Onslow, Western Australia – recalled ABC News.
The severe heat wave is expected to last until Tuesday. The authorities appeal to residents, especially in the north-west of the country, to take basic precautions to protect their health and lives from high temperatures.
Current weather conditions, accompanied by the El Nino phenomenon, increase the risk of bushfires. The last two summer seasons in Australia were relatively mild in this respect compared to the summer at the turn of 2019 and 2020, when an area of bush corresponding to the territory of Turkey burned. 33 people died then, as well as many animals.
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