Australia Is Melting Due to the Record Breaking Heatwave After Christmas with Temperature Rising Up to 47.3C

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“Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh…” – hell, no! Forget about snow, sleighing and actually, cold weather, because it’s Australia and this year it suffers brutal post-Christmas , with temperatures up to 14 degrees Celsius (24 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average for this time of year.

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‘Surviving Christmas’

Australian temperature records have been smashed as a Christmas heat wave has the southeastern corner of the country in a stranglehold. In fact, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, this is a December like no other.

Down in the state of South Australia, temperatures in some country towns have nudged nearly 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees Celsius).

The heat began to blossom on Christmas Eve with temperatures up to more than 12 degrees Celsius above normal in parts of the states of Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia.

Christmas Day saw the heat intensify further, with a widespread area of temperatures anywhere between 11 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (6 to 12 degrees Celsius) above normal. Western Australia got the worst of it in absolute temperatures, with much of the northeast portion of the state facing temperatures of 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).

Adelaide city, the capital of South Australia, was breezing through a comparatively relaxed 107 degrees Fahrenheit (41.6 degrees Celsius) at lunchtime on Friday, while down in Port Augusta, things got a little uncomfortable at nearly 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius), according to the Adelaide Advertiser.

The state ambulance service is urging people to drink lots of water and check on the elderly, sick, and very young to make sure they’re cool and comfortable.

“The cause of the heat is a dome of high pressure settling in over much of the continent over the past few days,” CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.

“In addition to the sweltering temperatures, there is an enhanced fire risk in Victoria, with total fire bans declared for Thursday in the Mallee and Wimmera regions. South Australia has bans in place in 10 areas including the Mount Lofty Ranges and Yorke Peninsula. Western Australia has total fire bans in 13 districts, where temperatures are expected to exceed 45 C in parts.”

January is typically the hottest month of the Australian summer, and many fear the early may be the prelude to even more extreme weather in early 2019.
Sydney endured its hottest temperature in nearly 80 years in January 2018, with the mercury rising to 47.3 C (117.14 F) — just half a degree off the all-time recorded high of 47.8 C (118.04 F) in 1939.

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Super-high temperatures at the start of this year put a big strain on wildlife, with thousands of flying foxes dying due to dehydration, while an unusually hot and dry winter saw severe droughtshit part of the country in August.


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