Australia weather seems to worsen with heatwaves exceeding all limits. As a result, Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe catastrophic fire warning, thereby indicating power outages across the nation. The temperatures of some parts of the nation are expected to go above 47 degrees.
As of 1 pm, the temperature of Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane has been recorded 37.7 degrees, 37.3 degrees, 35.5 degrees and 32.8 degrees respectively. Firefighters have warned residents of dangerous fire conditions across the nation, mostly the ACT, NSW and South Australia. The western towns of NSW, Hay, and Ivanhoe, along with South Australia’s Tarcoola are expected to reach the temperature as high as 47 degrees.
The NSW Rural Fire Service stated that Australia will witness a deadly combination of extremely high temperatures and winds. There have been reports of fire because of extreme heat from different parts of the nation. As a result, the authorities have warned that the residents must remain careful as fire dangers were expected in the several areas.
RFS reported a “fast-moving grass fire” in Bathurst’s Georges Plains region. Trunkey Road has been shut down in both directions between Wimbledon Road and Rockley Road because of the grass fire. The fire service crew said that bushfire conditions are predicted to worsen gradually. The crew members also mentioned about total fire bans implemented in the Southern Ranges, Southern Riverina, and Southern Slopes regions.
Power Demand Increases in Australia with Increasing Temperature
With the rise in temperature, the requirement of electricity in Australia is increasing. According to Guardian Australia, the appliances used in the nation are requiring more power. The demand for power has led to outages across the nation. On Thursday, the Australian Energy Market Operator mentioned about the increasing demand of power in NSW. It said earlier that NSW was lacking by around 19MW in the afternoon.
The latest update has stated that Nem-Watch and RenewEconomy have come together and produced a live widget. This will help to determine the electricity being generated in each state. The sources of power will also be detected and recorded.
As a result of the extreme temperature all around Australia, NSW Health has requested people to remain indoors and ensure better health. “Drink plenty of fluids, that [do not] involve alcohol or caffeine. Water is best,”NSW Health’s Ben Scully said. “If you have air-conditioner it’s great to use it, otherwise keep your house cool by drawing the blinds and shutting the windows.”
#NSWRFS crews on scene at a fast moving grass fire at Wimbledon Rd, Georges Plains (Bathurst LGA).
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 10, 2017
GEORGES PLAINS: Trunkey Rd is closed in both directions btn Wimbledon Rd & Rockley Rd due to a grass fire. Avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/L6zwIUKkWK
— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) February 10, 2017