Left Menu
Development News Edition

Bushfires rage in Australia's southeast but Sydney temperatures could drop

Wildfires burned in parts of Australia's densely-populated southeast on Saturday, although weather officials expected falling temperatures to bring relief for Sydney by early afternoon.

One fire in eastern Victoria, the second most populous state, prompted fire authorities to issue a watch and act warning for residents in 14 different towns.

The fire near Rosedale, about 200 km (124 miles) east of Melbourne, had burnt more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) and sudden wind changes on Friday created risky conditions for roughly 40 firefighters, an emergency official said.

"They found themselves in a very serious situation and they were shaken," Andrew Crisp, the state's emergency management commissioner, told reporters on Saturday.

The origin of the Rosedale fire and another in Victoria were being treated as suspicious, with police and fire authorities investigating their cause, he added.

In the southern island state of Tasmania, a bushfire had burnt through 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of southwestern wilderness by Saturday, fire officials said.

Both Victoria and Tasmania had sweltered through above average temperatures on Friday, with Melbourne recording a near-record 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 F) and Hobart reaching 40 C (104 F)..

But both states will see far cooler temperatures over the weekend, following a rapid cool change on Friday, weather officials said.

"At 4.00 p.m., (Melbourne) was at 42 degrees, by 4.20 p.m. it was down to 26 degrees, and then continued to drop after that," Keris Arndt, a meteorologist with the weather bureau, told Reuters.

Yet by Saturday morning the cooling temperatures had not reached parts of Sydney, Australia's most populous city, where the mercury reached almost 38 C (100.4 F) by midday.

A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster told Reuters the weather pattern that brought temperature drops to Melbourne and Tasmania was expected to reach Sydney by afternoon. (Reporting by Will Ziebell; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



What happens to your outstanding loans if the bank falls?

... ...

Time for a change! Innovations to stop the growing plastic pollution

As the planet is drowning in plastic pollution, many new innovative approaches and solutions have emerged to effectively deal with the menace....

How to avoid fake universities and fishing bait like Farmington

As education sharks are roaming around to prey, we present a guide on how to mitigate hunters and reach to a genuine universityinstitute. In this era of commercialization of education, the fake universities and economic frauds in educationa...

How India is being pushed towards commercialization of higher education

The reluctance of the present dispensation in pushing the higher education towards commercialization is not just limited to the fees hike in Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU. It seems the government is gradually implementing a plan which is ...


Latest News

UPDATE 1-Katyushas hit Iraq's Balad air base -military

Two Katyusha rockets landed inside Iraqs Balad air base on Thursday, the Iraqi military said, and no casualties or damages were reported from the attack.Balad base hosts U.S. forces and contractors and is located about 80 kilometres 50 mile...

UPDATE 1-Canadian Supreme Court declines to hear citizenship appeal of ex-Nazi death squad member

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday declined to hear the appeal of an ex-Nazi death squad member to restore his Canadian citizenship, which was revoked after the Canadian government learned of his wartime activities. Helmut Oberlander, ...

Oil companies press Mexican president to resume suspended auctions

Big oil companies operating in Mexico have launched a drive to convince leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to resume auctions of oil and gas contracts he has branded a failure in reviving the industry.Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Co...

Artists and DJs perform at Avicii tribute concert in Stockholm

DJs and singers such as Frances David Guetta and Briton Rita Ora performed a tribute concert for charity in Stockholm on Thursday in honour of the late Swedish DJ Avicii. Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman in A...

Give Feedback