In two months today, the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) declared its second state of emergency as temperatures were set to soar above 40 Celsius and nearly 100 bushfires were burning throughout the state, with authorities concerned about fires surrounding Sydney.
According to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the state of emergency will last seven days, running past Christmas.
“The biggest concern over the next few days is the unpredictability, with extreme wind conditions, extremely hot temperatures,” Berejiklian told a news conference.
“We have a good sense of where the most concerning areas are, but again, when you have got those turbulent wind conditions, embers and spot fires can occur very unpredictably.”
Australia is experiencing a nationwide heatwave. The country recorded its highest average maximum temperature of 40.9 Celsius on Tuesday, and the Bureau of Meteorology data shows that the record was likely to be exceeded again this week.