Temperatures are expected to reach 46 degrees Celsius in Adelaide, Australia today as heatwave strains their electricity supplies and sparks wildfires.
The states of Victoria and South Australia are experiencing extreme heat that the demand for electricity shoots up. As many as 100,000 homes and businesses like in the food business, forklift rentals, and other industries may be affected by the power outages and the reduced electricity supply according to Victorian Energy Minister Nicolas Kotsiras in a statement. The two states and New South Wales have been given bushfire warnings and high winds are anticipated to increase the danger tomorrow according to emergency authorities.
Play was also suspended on courts at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament which was held in Melbourne as the temperature rose to 42 degrees Celsius. A tennis player and a ball boy collapsed in the heat.
Because of the heatwave, fire authorities in Victoria and South Australia have issued warnings over out-of-control bushfires as the condition persists in southeastern Australia.
The maximum temperature in Adelaide so far is 44.2 degrees Celsius at 3 in the afternoon though it has been several degrees warmer in the northern suburb. The temperature in Roseworthy which is north of Adelaide rose to 46.4 degrees Celsius at 1:58 p.m.
For the first time, Adelaide now has recorded three consecutive days more than 43.5 degrees Celsius for the very first time. Melbourne has today maxed out at 43.9 degrees Celsius.
According to Country Fire Service chief officer Greg Nettleton, Friday would be very dangers for firefighters. Therefore, a total fire ban would be declared all over the state.
It was reported that 12 of the 15 fire ban districts have been considered severe while the Mt. Lofty Ranges, Upper South East and Lower South East are being considered extreme fire dangers.
So far there has been no reported deaths caused by the heatwave but there are a total of 163 cases of heat-related hospital admissions all across South Australia which started Monday.
At 4 p.m. today, there already had been a total of 34 presentations to metropolitan Adelaide hospitals.
Health officials continue to urge the public to take care of the elderly, vulnerable, and people who are suffering from chronic health problems like heart conditions during a heatwave. People also have been given a warning about possible sunburns which could occur quickly in conditions like this.