Whew! I hope our Australian friends will be safe.
A huge pocket of hot air is causing extreme heatwave conditions across eastern Australia, causing authorities to prepare for temporary suspension of power to selected areas of New South Wales late Friday, February 10, 2017. Rare Catastrophic fire weather conditions for NSW are expected on Sunday which is shaping up to be the worst fire weather day so far of the season. January was the hottest month on record for Sydney since 1859, but the city has broken its 121-year-old record today when Friday became the 10th day this summer with highs exceeding 35 °C (95 °F).
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology warned that severe to extreme heatwave conditions are forecast to continue for eastern Australia for several days, with widespread temperatures in the low to mid-40s (104 - 113 °F).