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The scorching heat in Australia increases the risk of bushfires

The scorching heat in Australia increases the risk of bushfires

According to the Australian Meteorological Service, early spring temperatures in some areas can rise by up to 12 degrees Celsius above the long-term average, and in Sydney, the capital of Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, it can measure up to 12 degrees Celsius above the long-term average. To 36 degrees Celsius.

At 2pm local time on Sunday at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport, the thermometer already showed 34.6 degrees Celsius, which, according to meteorological data, is more than 11 degrees higher than the average maximum temperature in October.

The risk of bushfires in Australia this year is extremely high during the spring and summer season due to a recently declared El Nino-type weather phenomenon, which is typically associated with bushfires, cyclones and drought.

NSW Disaster Management Minister Jihad Dib has officially declared the start of bushfire season after scorching heat increased the risk of bushfires.

“There is not only heat, but also drought and stormy weather, which together form an ideal combination for forest fires,” the ministry’s chief said.

The state fire authority ordered nine bonfires in some parts of the state on Sunday to reduce the possibility of wildfires.

In Australia, there have been relatively few bushfires in the past two years compared to the so-called “Black Summer” of 2019/2020, when an area the size of Turkey burned across the country and 33 people lost their lives in the natural disaster. .

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