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Australia is sweltering in record-breaking heatwave

Staff reporter, New Delhi
29/12/2018   0 Comments

Australia’s vast continent is sizzling through extreme heatwave conditions this week, with temperatures reaching record highs and emergency services on high alert for bushfires. The mercury is up to 16 degrees Celsius higher than usual for this time of the year for southern Australia, with numerous towns setting new December records, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Friday. “Heatwave conditions are being experienced across large parts of the country,:” the weather bureau said, adding that the sizzling temperatures spanned the southern parts of four states and the Northern Territory. 

Tiny Marble Bar in Western Australia state, which bills itself as the nation’s hottest town, recorded a peak of 49.3 0 Celsius on Thursday, it added. In Sydney, thousands of people flocked to beaches to cool down, while the state’s health service issued a warning for poor quality air. “This is all because of a high-pressure system coming off the Tasman sea that is slow moving and has set up a pattern over several days,” Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Nick Neynens told Fairfax Media. “It’s a very stable situation with not a lot changing, meaning everywhere is pretty much going to be hot and we don’t see a strong change coming yet.” 
 

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