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Australia bushfires: New South Wales declares week-long state of emergency – Sky News, Sky.com

Australia bushfires: New South Wales declares week-long state of emergency – Sky News, Sky.com


             

A seven-day state of emergency has been announced in New South Wales where strong winds have fanned around bushfires.

Around 2, firefighters were battling the blazes in Australia, half of which remain uncontrolled, with the support the Australian Defense Force and US and Canadian backup teams.

Rural fire service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has said residents should be on alert.

It comes after Australia broke its heat records for the second day running on Wednesday, with maximum temperatures reaching an average of .9C, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

The average maximum temperatureon Tuesday was (9C) (********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** (F)– tipping it past the record set in January 2013.

The last state of emergency ran for seven days in mid-November when there was a “catastrophic” fire risk.

It was the first implemented in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, since (*************************************************.

Central Sydney reached a maximum of C (105 F) on Thursday, while outer suburbs had temperatures of (C) 113 F).

A statewide total fire ban announced on Tuesday will remain in place until midnight on Saturday.

Around 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres ) of land has burnt across Australia in the past few month s.

  

Fire crews have been carrying out property protection measures in New South Wales Fire crews have been carrying out property protection measures in New South Wales Fire crews have been carrying out property protection measures in New South Wales       

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        Fire crews have been carrying out property protection measures
      

Six people have been killed and more than (homes have been destroyed.

Australia’s annual fire season, which peaks during the southern hemisphere summer, started early after an unusually warm and dry winter.

Gladys Berejiklian, premier of New South Wales, said authorities were concerned with the Unpredictable conditions.

She said: “With extreme wind conditions, extreme hot temperatures, we have a good idea, a good sense, of where the most concern areas are, but again when you’ve got those turbulent conditions, embers and spot fires can occur very unpredictably. “

Sydney’s air pollution levels ranged from poor to hazardous on Thursday.

Hazardous smoke has often blanketed Australia’s most populous city and made its iconic skyline barely visible over the past month.

  

Fire crews have been carrying out property protection measures in New South Wales       

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        A helicopter drops fire retardant to protect a property      

Hospitals have recorded a (*****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************% increase in visits from patients with respiratory conditions during the past week.

The Australian Medical Association has recommended people keep hydrated, cool and out of the sun.

Bushfires are also burning in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

  

      
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        Fire burns through a car      

The Bureau of Meteorology said Tuesday was the hottest day on record in the country with an average of (9C) (******************************************************************************************************************************************************. 6F) nationwide.

Perth, the capital on the west coast, is experiencing its hottest December with average temperatures for the month at (C) ******************************************************************************************************************************************************** F) and seven degrees above the mean.

Adelaide, In the southeast, is currently experiencing a four-day heatwave culminating in temperatures of C ( F).

A helicopter drops fire retardant to protected a property in New South Wales    

                                                                                                        ********************************************************                                                                                               Heatwave and strong winds fan bushfires                

The unprecedented conditions have reignited debated on whether Australia’s conservative government has taken enough action on climate change.

(Australia) is the world’s largest exporter of coal and liquefied natural gas.

Protesters camped outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Sydney residence demanding urgent action on climate change on Thursday.

Morrison, who is currently on holiday, conceded last week that “climate change along with many other factors “contributed to the bushfires.

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