Southern Australia's battling a record heatwave and some wildfires.

Australia battles wildfires amid record heatwave

Vast swathes of central and south-eastern Australia were sweltering as temperatures in the outback hit 48 degrees. The average temperature across the country was 39 degrees.

In the South Australian capital, Adelaide, temperatures exceeded 45 degrees, while Hobart in Tasmania had a peak of 41.8 degrees, its highest temperature in 120 years of record keeping.

Fires broke out across numerous states on the mainland and destroyed several houses in southern parts of the island state of Tasmania.

48 degree Celsius = 118.4 degree Fahrenheit

45 degree Celsius = 113 degree Fahrenheit

41.8 degree Celsius = 107.24 degree Fahrenheit

We feel your pain. We've been there.

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Every summer there is extreme heat in parts of Australia but here is another record broken and another example of climate change in the world.

It should be remembered that bush fires have always occurred naturally in Australia and the bushlands regenerate quickly. The problem is that immigrants to Australia over the last 200 or so years have built houses and villages in these bushlands. What can the occupants reasonably expect ?



Wow - lots of increased temperature.

Yes, we have been there with the wildfires.

New South Wales faces extreme fire risk today.

New South Wales residents are being warned to prepare for one of the most serious fire threats in the state's history today, with conditions in some areas rated as "catastrophic".

Australia's heat wave has broken. Horray! However,

OFF THE SCALE: The current heatwave has forced the Bureau of Meteorology to adjust its colour scale. New colours representing 50-52C and 52-54C have had to be added.

Cool change a respite from scorcher across Australia

This year's firestorm season has just been declared much worse than 2009 by Australia's bureau of climate modeling and prediction, after they put in the new temperatures into their model.

First sparks of climate change seen in Australian infernos

In 2009, Australia suffered a series of firestorms, resulting in over 200 deaths and  the collapse of more than 700 homes destroyed by the most prolific bushfires ever documented on the Australian continent.  

This year's firestorms are much worse, with daytime ambient temperatures setting new records.  

"The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit, said. [emphasis mine]




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