One Very Hot Thing: The Weather in Australia

Burned forest lands north of Sydney         Photo: CNN

As wildfires continued to rage in the New South Wales region, the average temperature in Australia reached its highest point ever at 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 F), according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology that exceeded the previous record set in 2013 at 40.3 Celsius (104.5 F). Major cities in Australia such as Sydney and Adelaide experienced record heat with temps above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  There are more than 100 fires that have yet to be controlled.  Worse yet, according to CNNwater may be running out — the city of Sydney and its 5 million residents may run out of water by 2022. There was a historic drought in Australia between 2003 and 2009, from which water levels have not yet recovered.  The record-breaking temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week.  Merry Christmas (not) for Australia.

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