Temperatures have been broken or nearing record highs in Australia’s southern half recently but the good news is there’s no drought being declared.
The latest heatwave came on top of prolonged dry conditions in south-eastern Australia.
Although rainfall has been scarce, there is healthy water storages in waters and dams and it has not been dry for long enough to be considered a drought.
The news long term isn’t quite so promising with solid rainfalls not expected for months because of the time of the year.
Temperatures have been above 40 degrees during the last week in Adeaide, Melbourne and Hobart which broke the old record.
fires have been the headlines in Tasmainia with scorching temperatures.
On the island, at least 100 properties have been destroyed, a large number in the small community of Dunalley, east of Hobart, where the police station and school were burned down.
Some residents had to dive into a canal in the centre of the town to protect themselves against a wall of flame.
Reports have also come in to say that of flames were nine metres high, and trees that looked like firecrackers.
The main road to the Tasman Peninsula, south-east of Hobart, has been cut off, stranding thousands of people, many of them tourists in the historic site of Port Arthur.
Some people sought refuge on the beaches
This week doesn’t appear quite so oppressive however 40 degrees could be hit yet again tomorrow in Adelaide and also in northern areas of both South Australia and Victoria.
Murchison scored 34 degrees today and New Plymouth and Masterton were also hot on 31 degrees.
Dunedin was 34 yesterday and today came crashing back down to earth with 17 degrees.
Main centre highs today were…
Home image of fire buring over southern Oz
on 6/01/2013 4:53am
How do you think, NZ would stand up to, what is happening in in Tasmania? Phil
Any chances of a heat wave in this country?
How do you think NZer’s would cope?
on 6/01/2013 5:42pm
It’s not often we see a heatwave cover the entire part of the country but over the weekend we saw pockets of it.
I believe we’d struggle if temps were 35 plus for a few days over most parts and perhaps thankfully it’s very rare.
on 7/01/2013 2:36am
Exactly.. I doubt our fire force/army would cope either.. but I must say it is certainly a better summer than last year (we were robbed of it in 2011) cheers 🙂