Australia's high-temperature fire: smoke from NSW reaches 47.4 degrees in Melbourne and Victoria, residents are advised to avoid using dishwashers and washing machines
As the heat wave moved eastward, most parts of Australia experienced high temperatures.
South Australia is already scorching for the fourth consecutive day. Today is the worst day of the Victorian heat wave, with temperatures reaching a high of 40 degrees Celsius. The temperature in Melbourne reached 39.1 degrees on Friday afternoon.
The previous day, on Thursday, Australia's highest temperature reached an average of 41.9 degrees Celsius, breaking the record for the highest single-day average temperature in Australian history for the second consecutive day, and it was 2 degree higher than the 17 degrees Celsius record set on the 40.9th.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said Thursday that it set a record for the highest temperature in a single day in Australia in 45 years. It occurred in the Nullarbor Plain off the coast of South Australia. The local temperature measured 12 degrees Celsius. The previous record of Australia's national single-day average maximum temperature dates back to January 49.9, when it hit 2013 degrees Celsius.
High-temperature fires everywhere heat wave hit again on Saturday
Fire bans are implemented across Victoria. As of 5:19 pm on Friday, two emergency alarms have been issued for out-of-control fires in Victoria, namely the Mount Mercer fire between Geelong and Ballarat, and the Lexton-Ararat Rd northwest of Ballarat near the small town of Amphitheater. Fire. The Grampians National Park, 280 kilometers west of Melbourne, was issued an observation and action level warning.
NSW and Queensland are expected to experience the worst day of the heat wave on Saturday. The Bureau of Meteorology warned that NSW may be hotter this Saturday than Thursday. Although Sydney’s urban area may escape the worst heat, most suburbs are expected to have high temperatures, with Richmond reaching 46 degrees Celsius.
The Meteorological Bureau’s acting NSW manager Jane Golding said that the temperature will rise again to the middle of 40 degrees, Penrith expects the highest temperature to be 47 degrees, and the coastal areas will reach the middle of 30 degrees.
"It was a dangerously high temperature," she told reporters in Sydney. It is expected that there will also be cool changes on Saturday, which will bring some relief to the high temperature in central and southern NSW, but will cause challenging fire conditions. "Those south winds will (close to) the gale when they arrive," she said.
The same is true in western Queensland, where the temperature in Birdsville on Saturday will exceed 45 degrees on the seventh day.
In addition, Dean Narramore, a meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, told The Australian that the hot air formed over Perth in Western Australia will move eastward, bringing heat waves to Australia during Christmas and New Year.
South Australia has its fourth day of high temperatures. A severe thunderstorm warning will be issued tomorrow in South Australia, and the wind will change after late Friday.
As of press time, there are still four serious fires across South Australia, located in Angle Vale, Maitland, Cudlee Creek and Adelaide Hills. The Village Fire Service issued an emergency warning to the fire in Parilla near Lameroo, Murraylands, 200 kilometers east of Adelaide, urging people not to drive by. Authorities confirmed that a traffic accident occurred in the Cudlee Creek area where firefighters were fighting, killing a man and injuring firefighters.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) expanded the fire protection ban to cover most of the state's southeast border with NSW. The ban will last until 2019:12 PM on December 31, 11 and will apply to residents of Logan, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset, the Lockyer Valley and Gold Coast.
NSW smoke drifts to Melbourne fire is still burning
As Melbourne may break the high temperature record today, the smoke from the NSW fire spread to the central business district of the state capital.
Residents are warned to avoid using dishwashers and washing machines
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos urged Victorians not to use dishwashers and washing machines in order to maintain the state's power grid.
"Energy experts assured us that we have enough energy supplies today," Ms. Mikakos said.
"But it is wise not to turn on the dishwasher, washing machine and all appliances on a day like this.
"As far as air conditioning is concerned, part of our summer message is to stay in cool buildings and look for buildings with air conditioning. These buildings may be in your own home, but most likely in shopping malls, movie theaters and Other places that will stay cool on days like today.
"We do urge people to consider their energy usage on days like today, but as a government, we certainly have to ensure that our state is provided with an environment to create more renewable energy and to ensure the security of our energy supply."
Before Ms. Mikakos’s comments, Tony Wood, director of energy planning at the Grattan Institute, refuted Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’s claim that renewable energy was “more reliable” than coal-fired power generation. Mr. Wood said the main problem in Victoria was the lack of electricity after the closure of the Hazelwood thermal power station in 2017.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (The Australian Energy Market Operator) did not issue any market notice to warn of a power shortage early Friday afternoon.