Heatwave in Australia, emergency services on alert

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 04:50 hrs

Sydney, Jan 3 (IANS) Emergency and fire services in Australia have been put on high alert as temperatures are predicted to go over 40 degrees Celsius in large parts of the country, Xinhua reported Thursday.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a severe heatwave has already settled over the northern parts of South Australia state and the south of Northern Territory. And the temperature is forecast to reach 46 degrees in Tarcoola town in South Australia's north-west Friday and 47 degrees Monday.

Since Friday, Adelaide city has been witnessing temperatures of 41-42 degrees Celsius. The temperatures are expected to soar up to the 40s in Victoria's north Thursday and are expected to stay that high until early next week.

As a cold wave grips much of the northern hemisphere, the hot, northerly winds are also spreading further into western Queensland and New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Temperatures will remain above 40 degrees Celsius for the next six or seven days in many other inland parts of Australia.

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