As the UK struggles to get any sunshine or dry weather at the other side of the world, in the Land of Oz, a heatwave has led to the threat of bushfires. Most of Australia, 80% according to official figures, is experiencing the worst heatwave for many a year.
Temperatures have soared often reaching above 40C. As the heatwave looks set to continue there are warnings to take care this coming weekend. The danger of bushfires is increased with such heat plus people, however used to hot weathe,r need to stay safe. The elderly and very young are more prone to health problems in extremely hot weather.That is not to say that all age groups should not remain vigilant. Drinking plenty of fluids and staying in the shade will be essential.
According to SkyNews "Adelaide in southern Australia registered a top temperature of 45C (113 Fahrenheit) on Friday, its fourth-hottest day on record". That is just "too darn hot".
As the extreme hot air travels across Australia the risk of bushfires will intensify. Current temperatures look set to soar and break records. Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned people, in true 21st Century style, by tweeting "Take care and stay safe as we face extreme heat around our nation. Listen to warnings on the high bushfire risk. JG"
People have also been reminded to not leave children, an elderdly or vulnerable person, or pets unattended in locked cars. In such extreme heat fatalities are possible.
Heatwaves in Summer in Australia are not uncommon what is unusal is the wide area affected. More extreme weather it seems.