Aussies ‘melting’ as record-breaking summer heatwave continues
A heat wave has struck eastern and central Australia in what is officially Sydney’s hottest summer on record, with temperatures soaring to 46 degrees Celsius (116F) in parts. The inferno is set to continue into next week before a brief respite.
It was still 42° at 7pm where I live, yeah no thanks mate #Heatwave2017#Sydneyheatwave#strayapic.twitter.com/nDQgVlEb3x— Georgia Barone (@georgia_barone) February 11, 2017
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed that in Sydney alone weather records have been smashed this summer, with temperatures of over 95F (35C) recorded on ten different days and Sydney airport reaching a whopping 109.2 degrees F (42.9C) on February 10.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Ivanhoe airport in the interior of New South Wales (NSW) recorded a bewildering high temperature of 116F (46.9C).
Hot damn!! 🔥🔥#Sydney#heatwave#sydneyweather— Michelle (@michelle_live_) February 10, 2017
Stand still too long you'll melt pic.twitter.com/cw8VIkac17
#Heatwave2017 size 12 men's thongs left out in the furnace .#strayapic.twitter.com/Hd4kBwJM0j— David Anderson (@ando76) February 11, 2017
#heatwave Camden South NSW pic.twitter.com/qtKHAOXMob— JenniferB (@JennifahB) February 10, 2017
While heatwaves aren’t a rarity in Australia, it seems some of the population just wasn’t ready for such temperatures, although some did discover some rather useful side effects of such heat.
It's so hot in #Birdsville that our officer could fry an egg on the bonnet of his police vehicle parked on Big Red! #heatwavepic.twitter.com/rJ84nOY1DM— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) February 11, 2017
Penrith, NSW in Sydney’s west baking through hottest day in 22 years of records. 46.7 C so far! #heatwave2017#sydneyweatherpic.twitter.com/GMLMjhi08a— Paul Higgins (@PaulHiggins) February 11, 2017
Yeah we're winning right? Richmond and Penrith in the top two for something, hottest recorded temperature in Sydney :P #Heatwave2017pic.twitter.com/laBI4xF00o— Aimee Maree (@aimee_maree) February 11, 2017
Moments before my white duck and I melted 🔥🔥#sydneyheatwavepic.twitter.com/QrdMH2cp0M— Alfie (@AlfieArcuri) February 11, 2017
It seems Australians may have to get used to such temperatures as a recent report produced by the Climate Council of Australia says the number of hot days above 95 F (35C) should increase from 12 percent to 18 percent by 2030.
A few years ago, #Australia added purple to weather maps to reflect extreme heat. That color is now required #Heatwave2017 (temps in °C) pic.twitter.com/Bk1ZPV8zU4— UN Climate Action (@UNFCCC) February 10, 2017
As Aussies try to avoid baking in the heat, electricity prices have skyrocketed to AUS$14,000 (USD$10,751) per megawatt hour, leaving the grid under immense pressure to stay online and keep the air conditioning going.
Power out to about 11,000 customers in parts of #Strathfield, #Burwood, after a fault on local network, not load shedding. Crews are on way pic.twitter.com/55zXSjUdgB— Ausgrid (@Ausgrid) February 10, 2017
Heat waves are among the deadliest natural disasters humanity faces with roughly 52,000 Europeans having lost their lives as a result of the 2003 heat wave and 56,000 people estimated to have perished in the Russian heat wave of 2010.
Respite is expected toward the end of next week, as an approaching weather front will drag hot air southwards and give weary Aussies a breather.
Current mood during the #SydneyHeatwave - Spontaneous human combustion pic.twitter.com/yMaq5iadmz— Sinead Mac (@SineadMaryMac) February 10, 2017
Brace yourself Sydney #heatwave#Sydney#SydneyHeatwavepic.twitter.com/2WeGbwOEx4— Ms Who?! (@ButterflyAzure) February 9, 2017
Is anyone still alive out there? #SydneyHeatwavepic.twitter.com/5LSO9mWhaJ— Simon Mumford (@Simomumford86) February 11, 2017