An huge heatwave has hit New South Wales in Australia. Saturday was New South Wales’ hottest February day on record.
Many people hit the beach, as the water was only place to find some relief.
But out west, things were much worse. With no sea breeze, the temperatures hit 47degC in some areas. That made the rural town of Ivanhoe the hottest place on the planet on Saturday!
“It’s very hot, so it’s a bit like you’ve just opened the oven door. When you’re in the sun it feels like the sun is burning you pretty much straight away,” one of the town’s residents said.
Almost 40 people were hospitalised with heat stroke, while eight children and a dozen pets were rescued from locked cars.
But the biggest fear at the moment is fires. New South Wales has issued a state-wide fire ban, warning the heat could fuel “catastrophic” conditions.
Australian Energy Market Operator has warned of possible power shortages due to increased demand.