Bushfires spread as heat grips Australia

Australian bushfires
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Numerous bushfires burning along Australia’s east coast might intensify if a severe weather continues, according to fire experts.

After two years of rains and flooding, a return to warmer weather has produced the worst fires in New South Wales since the “Black Summer” of 2019/2020.

A fire located 155 miles north of Sydney caused the region’s first fire alert in two years.

The firefighters fought flames that reached 10 to 15 meters (49 to 49 feet) in height.

Some residents of New South Wales have been told to evacuate, and some homes have been destroyed.

Temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius for on Monday for the first time since January, 2021

Tuesday, 33 fires were still burning around the state, 10 of which were out of control, according to fire authorities.

According to the NSW Rural Fire Service, the rapid spread of the fire was caused by strong winds.

Rob Rogers, commissioner of the RFS said “It’s going to be another difficult day for firefighters. He continued that they may not have rest until tomorrow.”

Dry thunderstorms might cause new fire

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (Bom) has issued a warning about the risk of dry thunderstorms in eastern New South Wales. They reported that it mightspark new fires.

According to RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd, a number of fires in western New South Wales are “likely to be problematic.”

It seems anticipated that the hot, dry weather will persist until Wednesday.

There have been three consecutive seasons of La Nina in eastern Australia, with above-average rainfall producing considerable floods.

Yet, the Bom issued a warning this week that La Nia was “probably reaching its end,” with a return to neutral circumstances or potentially the occurrence of El Nio in the autumn of the southern hemisphere likely.

The 2019-20 Black Summer fires, one of the biggest environmental disasters in Australian history, claimed the lives of at least 33 people and an estimated three billion animals and birds.

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