Mercury has risen to over 40 degrees Celsius for many days in most states of Australia this summer. Hard-it by the heatwave includes Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales igniting bushfires.
The ABC reports that several homes and farm properties have been destroyed as dozens of bushfires burn across large swathes of Victoria.
It said there is no confirmation yet on the exact number of losses, as Victorians faced their worst fire threat since Black Saturday just days after the fifth anniversary of the disaster.
High temperatures and strong winds fanned the intense and fast-moving blazes, as a weather change swept across the state bringing wind gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour.
By mid-afternoon yesterday, there were 70 fires burning across Victoria, and stretch from Goongerah in the far east of the state to the Latrobe Valley.
Fires are also burning in more densely populated areas around Melbourne.
Meanwhile in South Australia, a watch and act message remains in place for a large blaze at Bangor in the Southern Flinders Ranges.
The Green Journal has taken a break during this time as this blogger took a trip northbound to chill out. Islands in the Pacific – a perfect getaway! Write back soon!