08 Jan '18, 1pm

Scorching Heat Melts Highway in Australia

Scorching Heat Melts Highway in Australia Extreme weather is blasting opposite ends of the globe. As the northeastern U.S. faces freezing winds and record snowfall, a “catastrophic " heat wave in Australia has prompted warnings of dangerous bushfire and has literally melted part of a busy highway. According to the New York Times , triple-digit temperatures reached “life-threatening levels" over the weekend in many parts of the continent: "Penrith, a suburb of Sydney, reached 47.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday, or just over 117 degrees Fahrenheit. It was the hottest day on record in Penrith, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales, and the hottest anywhere in the Sydney area since 1939, when a temperature of 47.8 degrees—118 degrees Fahrenheit—set a record that still stands. At 40.1 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit, Melbourne, 550 miles southwest, was c...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/australia-heat-wave-2523549263.html

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