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3/17/2008

The Record Breaking Heatwave in Southern Australia

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S. Australia faces more serious outbreaks of fire after a 13-day heatwave which is expected to continue until Tuesday. Hot weather has contributed to difficult firefighting conditions, including a 150-hectare blaze at Willunga in Adelaide's south, which gutted a house and left nine firefighters suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Ade
laide's forecast maximum of 40 degrees Friday was the 12th consecutive day of temperatures above 35 degrees - the LONGEST HEATWAVE EVER in any Australian capital city. South Australia could expect deteriorating conditions if the weather plays havoc, and therefore fanning potential fires. "This is a VERY UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN for South Australia...with one or two days of extreme weather, then the change come through which makes it worse for a short while. Then the weather moderates, so you get day after day of that."

Experts say this kind of heat is a RARE weather event
for this time of year. 'We've only ever had eight 40s before in March in over 140 years of records." Heatwave Record

Fire bans are in force
across parts of four states as heatwave conditions continue across South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and southern New South
Wales.

RELATED NEWS: Record Breaking Temperatures in Texas, USA
TEXAS - Firefighters battled major wildfires on a hot and windy Friday in just about every corner of the parched state.

Temperatures in McAllen rose to RECORD LEVELS Friday. The temperature reached 101 degrees at 3 p.m. That mark breaks the previous record for March 14 set in 1946 and tied in 1971. The previous record for that date was 94 degrees. The 101 degrees reached Friday is UNUSUAL for this time of year in the Rio Grande Valley. The average for March 14 is 81 degrees.

Image:
Waves of heated air distort the view of cars driving down South 10th Street on Friday afternoon. Temperatures climbed to 101 degrees, breaking the record of 94 degrees set in 1946 for McAllen.

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