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The hottest 15 places in the world today are all in Australia as record heatwave rages on – Thousands of flying foxes dead – “One of the worst things is in the aftermath and you hear the mums calling out for their pups”

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Desdemona Despair

16 January 2019 (The Journal) – The top 15 hottest places in the world today are all in Australia as a severe heatwave continues to roast the southeast of the continent.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the past four days were among the country’s top 10 warmest on record, with temperatures nearing 50 degrees Celsius in some parts.

Fruit growers are suffering severe losses as produce is cooking on branches, ABC reports. Forecasters are warning of more record-breaking temperatures before the weekend.

Authorities in several states have issued health warnings urging people to take care of themselves, their relatives, neighbours and pets as heatwave impacts can build over several days. […]

The warmest 15 places on the planet in the past 24 hours were all in Australia, according to the El Dorado Weather site.

The top spot was claimed by Tarcoola in South Australia, which reached 49.1 degrees, while Yulara in the Northern Territory came in 15th at 46.1 degrees.

Yesterday the New South Wales state government announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions.

Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in the west of the state and the state government announced that 1,800 more rotting fish had since been found in Lake Hume in the state’s south.

Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair said 16 battery-powered aerators had been bought and would be placed in various drought-affected waterways after they are delivered today.

“They are a Band-Aid solution; we admit that,” Blair told reporters. [more]

The hottest 15 places in the world today are all in Australia as extreme heatwave rages on

Stay indoors: Warning issued as Australia’s heat wave hits record highs

By Emma Brancatisano
11 January 2019

(9 News) – When Storm Stanford walks through a flying-fox camp during extreme heat, the noises that she hears are always the hardest to forget.

“One of the worst things is in the aftermath when you’re waiting and you hear the mums calling out for their pups,” the coordinator of the WIRES bat and flying fox team told

“During a heat stress event, the animals are all over the place. Afterwards, you see the mums flying around and calling. Some will stop, but others will keep calling because their pup isn’t going to respond.”

Ms Stanford was one of the WIRES volunteers desperately attending to a local bat colony in Campbelltown, in Sydney’s south-west, on Sunday when more than 200 animals were found dead during record-searing heat. Most of them were pups.

To date, about 3000 of the bat species have since died across Sydney, and others across New South Wales and Victoria, claimed by the effects of a dangerous heatwave that moved through the nation’s south-east. […]

The scene has been described by volunteers as “unbelievable” as dead bats were found on the ground, while others dangled from trees.

“When you go into a camp in heat stress, all the animals are on the ground because that’s the coolest place they can be. There are piles of bodies – some of them are dead, others are alive,” she explained. […]

“In 45+ degree heat, all members battled to save as many as they could without falling in the heat themselves, but with great team work and support they made it through to nightfall,” environmental group ‘Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown’ wrote on Facebook. [more]

Deaths of thousands of bats in searing heatwave ‘will happen again’


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    • Anonymous

      What a bunch of pussies. It gets hotter than that every summer where I live. :cool:

      • st

        is that hell or texas?

    • 2QIK4U

      Correct. How else are they going to melt Antarctica ? ;) Last 3 days in bottom right corner of the map is Victoria. Last 3 days weather was 40, 22, 38. The 22 was the Geoengineered Sudden flood in between two Summer days. Feel like you have the flu but worse? Hacking cough…

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