‘Extreme’ heat wave in Western Australia increases likelihood of bush fires

A “extreme” heat wave hit parts of Western Australia on Saturday, increasing the possibility of bush fires in the large state, according to the country’s weather forecaster. The remote Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of Australia’s largest state were under a “extreme heat-wave warning” on Saturday from the Bureau of Meteorology, which warned that highs of forty degrees Celsius might occur there over the weekend.


According to forecaster data, a high temperature of 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 degrees Fahrenheit) was predicted for Saturday in the Pilbara mining town of Paraburdoo, which is located around 1,500 km (930 miles) north of the state capital Perth. This is more than six degrees above the typical January maximum. At 11:00 a.m. (0300 GMT), the temperature was 42.7 C (108.8 F). January 13, 2022, saw the hottest temperature ever recorded in Australia, 50.7 C (123.2 F), recorded at Onslow Airport in the Pilbara.


The El Nino weather trend, which is usually linked to extreme occurrences like wildfires, cyclones, and droughts, increases the likelihood of bush fires on Saturday. The fire season is already high-risk. Regarding a portion of the Pilbara, the weather forecaster stated on its website that “extremely hot and dry conditions combined with fresh southerly winds and a fresh to strong west to southwesterly sea breeze will lead to elevated fire dangers on Saturday.”

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