Across much of Australia, values have been above normal since the weekend. The Australian “Guardian” reported citing meteorologists that temperatures in some areas were ten to 16 degrees above the average values for September, especially in the states of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
Sometimes the temperature rises to 37 to 39 degrees. In metropolitan Sydney too, values have been in the 30s for days – and winter is still over. It will be even hotter tomorrow and Wednesday, the weather service Weatherzone said, calling it an “unprecedented early season heat wave”.
Forest fire warning
Experts have also warned of forest fires. Authorities fear what could be the most violent bushfire season since the devastating “black summer” of 2019/20. During that time, weeks of fires destroyed twelve million hectares of land and killed countless animals.
A bushfire recently contained near Beerwah in Queensland state has flared up again today. Footage provided by local media showed flames next to some houses. Two firefighting helicopters assisted in extinguishing the fire.
The heat wave is triggered by a strong high pressure area that moves slowly and pushes warm air south from northern Australia. According to forecasts, it may cool down significantly on Thursday: then the cold will move in with wind and rain.
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