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Australia in the grip of profound widespread spring heatwave


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

01st Dec, 2020. 12:28 pm
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The temperature in Australia expected to break records in the coming days as the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has predicted heatwave and warned with the risk of bush fires.

According to the details, BoM Meteorologist Dean Narramore said “While bursts of heat and heatwave are normal for this time of year, what’s making this burst of heat exceptional is temperatures up to 18 degrees (Celsius) above average.”

Amid the pandemic, people flocked to beaches and pools to cool off themselves. According to BoM, Temperatures are expected in the low to mid-40s for those locations, probably peaking in the coming days.

Brisbane appears to have escaped the worst on Monday, with a maximum of 31C in the city. BoM said that parts of Sydney – including the city – broke the 40 C barrier for a second straight day on Sunday after swathes of western NSW, South Australia, and northern Victoria baked through even higher Saturday temperatures approaching 45C. Moreover, the mercury pushed past 40C in many Sydney suburbs, including Penrith, Canterbury, Bankstown and Holsworthy.

It may be recalled that last summer’s bush fires – which Premier described as Australia’s “black summer” – killed 33 people and billions of native animals but the risk this year is from grasslands, which are expected to dry soon and spark fires.

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