It’s summer in Australia and it shows. But this warmth is also exceptional here. The temperature is 40 degrees, which is 15 degrees above average for this time of year. By the way, the temperature was 38.9 degrees Celsius at the measuring station on Observatory Hill.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese asked Sydney residents to “take care of each other.” This certainly also applies to beaches, where lifeguards are quite busy. One of them, Clive Steve, told Reuters he pays particular attention to whether people use sunscreen and drink enough. “Beach guests and my colleagues of course.”
Due to the sharp rise in temperatures, authorities in southeastern Australia are warning of the increasing risk of forest fires. A total of seventy fires are burning in the state of New South Wales, including 21 fires that the fire brigade cannot control.
Ban on open flame
A ban on open fires is in effect in a large area of the state, the fire brigade said on social media platform X. This ban applies due to “hot, dry and extremely windy weather.”
According to the Australian Meteorology Service, the heatwave will continue until at least early next week, although temperatures will peak this weekend.
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