Spring hot spell sets Australia ablaze, with high fire risk
Bushfires broke out after millions of Australians woke up to humid weather on Saturday morning.Residents in the regional town of Miles, about 200km west of Toowoomba in Queensland, are being warned to prepare to evacuate their homes after a fire broke out on Ayton Road on Saturday.
The “rapidly progressing” fire continued to spread toward Pine Ridge Road, and authorities issued a “ready to evacuate” alert at 1:38 p.m.Queensland Fire and Rescue Service urges residents to make a bushfire survival plan, keep medicines nearby, pack essentials and prepare to leave with pets as conditions can quickly deteriorate. I am calling on you to do this.The public is urged to avoid driving near the above areas.
A total of 4,444 firefighting aircraft were also called to the fire, which broke out in Jurago, 15km south of Townsville in northeast Queensland, at around 2.15pm.Residents are being warned to remain vigilant and make plans in case the fire spreads further.
Another fire broke out in Barham Coast National Park, 30km south of Bundaberg on Queensland’s east coast, just after 1pm, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said.
Local residents have been told to keep themselves updated on the fire situation after they had to evacuate the area due to another fire just five days ago.”Not again!” one frightened resident wrote on Facebook.
More heat for millions of peopleThe warning comes at the same time as forecasts of scorching weather for the country’s east coast, where temperatures are expected to be 10 degrees above the seasonal average.
Heatwave-like temperatures will leave residents of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane sweating in incredibly high spring temperatures, with some parts of Sydney’s west expected to see temperatures in excess of 35 degrees.
Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said: “An extreme weather event with temperatures between 8 and 12 degrees above average will be seen in the south and east from Thursday into Tuesday, with record highs in South Australia on Sunday and Monday. will be 12 to 16 degrees above average.
““Sydney’s heat could reach up to 30 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, making it the city’s hottest September in six years.”Heat wave still in progress Not fully declared. Australians will find some relief at night as temperatures remain cool across most parts.But the Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the coming months will be even hotter and drier.Long-term forecasts from October to December showed warmer-than-average temperatures but below-average precipitation in August. The Bureau of Meteorology believes this trend will continue until the end of the year.
Residents The fire risk rating for large areas of the East Coast has increased from ‘moderate’ to ‘high’. This means residents are ready to take action to protect themselves and their property from fire.
— Rafqa Touma (@At_Raf_) September 13, 2023
Dr. NSW Health Executive Director of Health Protection Jeremy McAnulty said people should minimize exposure to heat, with highs expected to be in the mid to upper 30s in many parts of the state. He said that it has been done.”It is important to avoid overheating and dehydration by minimizing physical activity outdoors during the day and drinking plenty of water,” he said.
“Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.”
— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) September 16, 2023