There’s a heat wave en route from country’s west and it’s already creating some worryingly high temps. The ABC has reported that Australia had it’s hottest national average temperature yesterday – 40.9 degrees Celsius. A bunch of places had some seriously scorching temps, particularly inland parts of Queensland, SA and the NT (we’re talking 45 degrees plus).
?️ Yesterday was Australia’s hottest day on record, according to preliminary results from the Bureau of Meteorology.
The average maximum temperature across the country was 40.9 degrees Celsius, breaking the mark of 40.3C set in January 2013
— Bill Scetrine (@WScetrine) December 18, 2019
— Dr Imran Ahmad (@Ihahmad7) December 18, 2019
Yikes That Is Hot
If that’s not hot enough, parts of the South Australian outback are forecast to reach 49C tomorrow. Eastern parts of Aus are set to receive some blistering temps too, with suburbs in Sydney’s west forecast to get up to 45 degrees. So even though we’ve broken the previously held record from 2013, it pretty likely that record will get broken again pretty dang quick.
Yesterday was the hottest day in Australia on record. But don’t worry, it’s not likely to hold the record for long
— Matt Grudnoff (@MattGrudnoff) December 18, 2019
The most terrifying thing about the powerful wave of heat that’ll hit us in the coming days is the impact it will have on firefighting efforts. Leave your BBQs unlit and parked under the patio coz there’s a total fire ban in place until at least Saturday, and for good reason. The mega-fire currently burning in Wollemi NP has burnt through more than 400,000 hectares of bushland already (which is a heck of a lot). There’s also the hundred-odd other bushfires burning throughout NSW, plus even more around the country.
Take care of yourselves, ya kiddies, the oldies, your fur babies and each other. We’re set for a scorcher of a week.
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