In some parts of New South Wales, the Rural Fire Service forecasts a ‘very serious fire hazard’, issuing a total fire ban.
Some parts of Australia, including Sydney, recorded the hottest night of November with the highest temperature expected on Sunday, prompting authorities to ban the total fire.
In Sydney, temperatures on Saturday exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 F), while swats from western New South Wales, South Australia and northern Victoria were baked through high temperatures near 45 degrees.
On Sunday, temperatures are expected to cross 40 degrees for a second straight day, while the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a five- or six-day heatwave for northern New South Wales and parts of southeastern Queensland.
Predictions of rising temperatures prompted the Australian energy market operator to say that supply demand could rise in New South Wales on Sunday afternoon.
“November has been quite unusual in many ways. “We have seen only about half of the normal rainfall and it is possible that November is one of the hottest winds on our record,” said Andrew Watkins, head of the Climate Operations Department of the Meteorological Department.
Australia is experiencing a hotter and longer summer heat, with last season, “Black Summer” by Prime Minister Scott Morrison being submerged due to unusually long and intense bushes, which has created about 12 million hectares (30 million Acres) burned, killing 33 people and an estimated one billion animals.
The Rural Fire Service on Sunday issued a total fire ban for much of eastern and northeastern New South Wales, stating that “very severe fire hazards are anticipated” in the form of warm, dusty winds.
The prolonged bush fire season last summer led to a three-year drought, but this year there is a threat from grasslands following the abundant growth of vegetation from good rains in the early spring.
“The grass may be greener in the area you are in now, but it won’t take long to dry as soon as the summer heat begins,” said Richard Thornton, chief executive officer of Bushfare and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Center.
Australia’s fire season typically runs from the spring of the Southern Hemisphere through summer.