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Australia has rolled another “13”.
Climate Central reports that September was most anomalously warm month of record in Australia; Australia has never had a month so freakishly above average. Following a wet winter, warmer-than-average conditions have also put parts of the country on watch for yet another intense wildfire season. Even though we are still in the early part of the Austral spring, serious wildfire conditions are affecting populated parts of the country.
Our friends at the Australian, careful to make no mention of climate, are currently reporting:
“The most intense fire I’ve seen for a long time,” a firefighter told Sky News.
There are also unconfirmed reports of properties being lost at Lithgow, at Yanderra and Balmoral, in the Southern Highlands, and near Port Stephens, where a fire is burning close to Newcastle Airport.
Earlier this afternoon, 595 firefighters were battling 78 bush and grass fires, 31 of them uncontained, as they braced for a southerly change.
For more information on the NSW fires please call 1800 679 737, follow @NSWRFS on Twitter or check the NSW Rural Fire Service Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nswrfs
The hottest months of the year in most of Australia are January and February; it is shaping up to be a difficult summer in Australia.