Scorching Temperatures in Australia
January 11, 2018
Across large areas of Australia, temperatures hit life-threatening levels. Sydney and Melbourne, for example, reached record high temperatures of 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Beaches in Sydney were so crowded, there was barely room to maneuver. Bush fires raged out of control near Melbourne, and on the Hume Highway linking Sydney and Melbourne, a stretch of asphalt oozed apart in the heat, causing a major traffic jam. Hundreds, if not thousands of animals have fell from trees after succumbing to the heat. The scorching temperatures around Sydney has already killed hundreds of local bats, mostly flying fox pups who have fallen dead. Flying foxes have adapted to Australia’s warm climate, but these fruit-eating bats are unable to regulate their body temperature when the outside temperature rises above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Research states that 2017 was Australia’s third-hottest year on record, with the annual national mean temperature 0.95 *C above the average.