Updated: 2/15/2019 5:33:12 AM
In north-west Queensland it hadn’t rained, any decent rain, for more than five years. When the downpour finally came last week, graziers were elated. Now it’s feared up to 500,000 cattle, mostly from severely drought-stressed herds, have been killed in widespread flood waters. The full extent of the losses won’t be known for weeks; some properties remain underwater and the flood waters are moving south. But the agricultural industry’s peak body says the situation has already become “a massive humanitarian crisis”, affecting an area twice the size of Victoria.
Updated: 2/8/2019 7:10:26 AM
Tires and roads been melting because of the extreme heat. However, scientists warn that with climate change, this heat wave could just be the beginning of problems of extreme weather in Australia. Extreme weather conditions are being blamed on a melted roadway that destroyed car tires in Queensland, Australia and shut down traffic in the area Wednesday.
Updated: 1/31/2019 10:39:59 AM
Power outages hit around 45,000 homes across Sydney’s upmarket eastern suburbs Thursday as a forecast 40 degrees Celsius heat wave hit the harbor-side city, with media reports of people being trapped in elevators and one hospital losing power. As Australia swelters in a protracted heat wave, which has lasted weeks, distribution company Ausgrid said emergency crews were investigating the cause of the widespread outage, which is rare in the eastern beachside suburbs.
Updated: 1/30/2019 5:40:12 AM
Campers are being evacuated from Wilsons Promontory as water bombers and ground crews continue to battle a bushfire. The blaze, believed to have been started by a lightning strike, started yesterday in a remote northern part of Wilsons Promontory about 15 kilometers east of Yanakie. Forest fire management Commander David Sase says that while no property is in immediate danger, campers are being advised to leave. "We're working to suppress the fires and we have repelled crews, which we're dispatching this morning to ensure we suppress that fire before any wind change this afternoon," he said. A day of total fire ban has been declared for the Mallee, Wimmera and South West regions today, with temperatures expected to hit about 40° in north-western parts of the state. A blaze near the Thomson Reservoir in Gippsland could also threaten water quality if it worsens. The fire is one of a number still burning in the east of the state.
Updated: 1/30/2019 2:02:11 AM
Three more properties have been destroyed in Tasmania’s bushfires as conditions worsened around the state on Wednesday, particularly in the south-west and central plateau. In a media conference on Wednesday, authorities said an approaching cool front would bring a small amount of rain but “nowhere near enough to be of any great assistance”. By the afternoon, 14 emergency warnings were in place in relation to the Riveaux Road fire in the south-west and the Great Pine Tier fire in the central plateau. “We know there are more challenging days ahead,” he said. “We’re asking people in fire affected areas to take a good decision about whether they stay and defend or whether they leave. “We’re recommending that people now leave.” Arnol said more than 520 crew were working on fires and 173,000 hectares had been burnt. He said the number of properties lost in the fires had now increased to six.
Updated: 1/28/2019 9:01:10 AM
Scores of Tasmanian residents were told to brace to defend their homes against uncontrolled fires or leave as blazes raged across the state on Sunday.
The Great Pine Tier fire has burned about 40,000 hectares, with the eastern edge of Lake Echo, south of Shannon, Waddamana, Synots Sugarloaf and Bashan Plains issuing the highest warning alert on Sunday afternoon.
The Tasmanian Fire Service was urging locals to leave their homes, or prepare to actively defend if they were able and want to stay as per their bush fire plans. Evacuation centers have been set up and safer places have been flagged for locals who have a clear path to leave, and community meetings are being held across the day.
About 500 firefighters, including some from interstate and New Zealand, were trying to keep threatened communities safe and tackle about 50 fires still raging.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning next Wednesday will be another high-temperature day in the southern state with little rain in sight.
Updated: 1/28/2019 3:10:46 AM
Hot air from Australia has helped to produce scorching temperatures for many parts of New Zealand this week. Parts of Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, and Richmond in the Nelson area of the upper South Island topped the scale at 35 degrees on Monday afternoon.
"As year on year we break new heat records as a result of our collective failure to act on climate change, New Zealand urgently needs a climate change and health adaptation plan, so that we can ensure people’s health is protected from the impacts of climate change, including these higher summer temperatures," Dr Alex Macmillan, a senior lecturer in Environmental Health at the University of Otago said.
However, this summer, with another marine heatwave under way and sea-surface temperatures in parts of the Tasman up to 4 degrees warmer than average, that modifying influence on the lowest layers of heated air has been significantly reduced.
Updated: 1/27/2019 3:02:51 AM
Tasmania wildfires have become major has residents have been asked to flee the area. Emergency services have been stretched to the limit for to bush fires increasing in numbers. Strong winds along with dry air only adding to the woes. At present, there are 63 active fires which are being closely monitored by the Tasmania fire service. Three of these fires are in Southeast region of Tahune, Western Hills on the West and the Central Plateau.
Published Sunday, January 27, 2019
The Australian nation has been witnessing severe weather conditions for quite some time. Moreover, record breaking heatwave in Adelaide and adjoining areas have been wreaking havoc over the nation resulting in temperatures way above the normal levels.
In fact, there have been places like Port Augusta where maximum temperatures reached very close to 50 degrees Celsius. Heatwave in Australia has not made an appearance over the nation the first time this year. In fact, last year, weather conditions had worsened with temperatures breaking records.
While the southern parts are reeling under intense heatwave conditions, the western parts of Australia have been under the influence of a storm named Riley which has developed overnight. It is likely to move closer to the coast and move parallel for some time, giving more rainfall for western regions in the coming days.
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