Roads melt in Australia as heatwave hits
Published: 12:56 PM, 6 January 2018 Updated: 11:17 AM, 7 January 2018
Australia`s east coast is set to swelter over the weekend as Sydney and Melbourne are hit with a heatwave and the temperatures are expected to reach 40 degree Celsius.
Temperatures across parts of Victoria have increased above 40 degrees Celsius with the mercury expected to rise further ahead of a cool change forecast for Melbourne.
The CFA issued a state-wide fire ban in the hot and dry conditions with gusty winds that up to 80 kilometers per hour.
The temperatures outpouring on the busy highway on Friday and caused a huge traffic jam as drivers dodged the sticky mess.
As temperatures reach up to 40 degree Celsius, the residents have been advised to avoid the area and remain indoors over the weekend.
Temperatures are expected to reach 40C as residents took to the beach to cool off
Acting deputy chief officer Jeremy Smith said the Tasmanian Fire Service was preparing for an uncontrollable fire risk with extra crews and additional aircraft. He also said that any fire that is currently burning needs to be extinguished and we want to reinforce to the community.
Emergency authorities are watching for potential bushfires and urging residents to be prepared and to avoid heat stress. Two people have already been taken to hospital for near-drowning incidents.
On Saturday the temperature of Melbourne is set to 41°C and thousands of people took to the beach on Friday in preparation for a hot and dry weekend.
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said if a fire breaks out, the emergency services are ready. She said that our emergency management agencies are well prepared with 49 aircraft on standby. she also advised people to be cautious about the condition.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of severe heat wave conditions for much of New South Wales across the weekend with the mercury expected to peak on Sunday. Parts of New South Wales are tipped to reach 45 degree Celsius on Saturday including Menindee in the far west and Ivanhoe in the state’s center.
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