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The wildfire/extreme heat situation in Australia is about to get even worse:

With more than 100 bush fires raging in New South Wales alone, Australia is bracing for a new round of extreme fire weather this weekend, prompting the unprecedented evacuation of tens of thousands of people in coastal Victoria and New South Wales.

Weather during the next few days will be similar to what led to the bush fire crisis in the first place: building heat in the southwestern reaches of the country leading to “catastrophic” fire danger in some regions Thursday and at least “extreme” fire weather danger in South Australia on Friday. Even the city of Adelaide is expected to top 104 degrees (40 Celsius), with temperatures inland climbing even higher, with high winds.

The combination of the heat and strong winds associated with a frontal system will create explosive conditions for supporting extreme fire behavior, including their rapid and unpredictable spread. Similar conditions have already proved fatal to residents and firefighters, with the death toll as of Thursday standing at 17 for the season.

While the country has experienced deadlier fire seasons, this one is noteworthy for the massive reach of the blazes — 10.1 million acres have burned in Victoria and New South Wales alone, an area larger than the state of Maryland. In addition, it’s only the start of summer in Australia, meaning that the fire season still has at least a few months to go.

More here.

Anyway, the important thing to remember is that if an actor once took a plane to get to a conference taking any action on climate change would ACTUALLY be hypocritical so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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