Canarary in the coal mine part 4: Perth fires “under control”; Sydney experiences record seven day heat wave

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Some good news in Perth – the fires appear to be under control:

Residents of bushfire-ravaged suburbs of Kelmscott and Roleystone are a step closer to being allowed back on their properties after the devastating blaze was downgraded by authorities earlier this evening.

Some residents of Clifton Hills were given the news this afternoon that they may return to their homes.

Sydney has just experienced a record-breaking seven-day heat wave:

SYDNEY’S sweltering seven-day heatwave smashed records as the city’s longest.

Before yesterday’s long-awaited southerly arrived about 2pm, the city had endured the hottest night in recorded history on Saturday.

For much of the night, the temperature hovered around 30 degrees. By sunrise yesterday, it was 27.6 degrees, one degree hotter than the previous record minimum.

Australia’s long summer

A few weeks back I called this Australia’s “long summer”:

I’m calling this the “Long Summer”.

“Long” because every day we watch the warning signs for catastrophic cyclones, floods and fires.

“Long” because hundreds of thousands of Australians are now trying to rebuild their lives after floods devastated their homes, businesses and farms.

“Long” because the floods might mot be all we have to contend with.

A land of sweeping plains, cyclones, flooded cities and burning suburbs

I’ll be doing a round-up of extreme weather events later this week.

However, as a reminder let us consider what we’ve seen these past few months:

Cyclones

  • Cyclone Yasi
  • Cyclone Bianca
  • Cyclone Anthony

Flooding

  • Brisbane – Australia’s third largest city – flooded
  • In Queensland an area the size of France and Germany combined flooded – many towns impacted
  • Victorian record floods
  • Parts of Northern NSW flooded

Record rainfall

  • In parts of Australia, record rainfall has been recorded

Record heat wave

  • See Sydney’s seven-day scorcher

Bushfires

  • Two major bushfires in WA

INcreased incidents of flooding, bushfires and more intense cyclone: well within predictions made by scientists.

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