Australia's largest city Sydney suffered a weekend heatwave that increased daytime temperatures peak above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), recorded as the hottest November night. The overnight temperature was above 25.3 degrees Celsius Saturday into Sunday in central Sydney, as per the meteorology bureau, making it the hottest November night since records began.
The temperature had already hit a high 30 degrees Celsius by 4:30 am Sunday, before reaching above 40 degrees for the second consecutive day. "New South Wales is in the midst of a severe heatwave with very warm conditions already being experienced yesterday, and today being a repeat of some of those conditions," said the Bureau of Meteorology's Agata Imielska. Australia's southeast outback towns of Griffith and Mildura reached 43.2 and 45.7 degrees Celsius respectively on Saturday, daytime high record. A number of blazes broke out Sunday, including one on Sydney's western outskirts, NSW Fire and Rescue Service reported the incident damaged a property.
More than 60 bushfires were still burning across the state but most are under control. This was the first burst of significant bushfire activity after the devastating 2019-2020 fires, that burned an area roughly the size of the United Kingdom and left 33 people dead and tens of thousands fled their homes. Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly played down the link between climate change and the bushfires, and is keen on keeping Australia as one of the world's leading fossil fuel exporters. But the Australian people are increasingly concerned about the climate change. A recent study says 90% believe the climate change is a critical or important threat.