This content was published on October 1, 2023 – 10:02 am
Out-of-control bushfires have prompted authorities to evacuate hundreds of residents and tourists in Australia’s southeast. In four cities in the state of Victoria, people were urged to seek immediate shelter.
Residents of three other towns in the Gippsland region, known for its national parks and wineries, were warned to prepare for evacuation on Sunday.
Resident Rob Saunders told ABC the heat from the fire melted the plastic in his water tanks. Then he saw a post at his door on fire. “It’s time for me to go.”
At the same time, there is a heat wave in northern Australia. Temperatures in metropolitan Sydney hit 35.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday – the hottest October day since 2019. Temperature records in October in Australia usually fall at the end of the month as the country approaches summer. Meteorologist Angus Hynes told the AFP news agency that the high temperatures for early October were “definitely unusual”.
As global temperatures rise due to climate change, scientists are warning of more frequent and intense extreme weather events such as heat waves.
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