Posted by: nsrupidara | January 28, 2009

Adelaide heading for record hot week

Adelaide’s temperature topped 45 degrees on Wednesday with the city heading for its hottest week in 100 years.

The furnace-like conditions were forecast to continue until at least Sunday, likely giving the city six days in a row above 40 celsius for the first time since 1908, after Tuesday’s top of 43.2c.

Wednesday’s high was also closing in on the city’s all-time record of 46.1c set on January 12, 1939.

Last March Adelaide had a record long heatwave with 15 consecutive days above 35c.

But as the city sweltered, conditions further north were even worse with some outback centres reporting temperatures above 50c, prompting health authorities to urge all South Australians to take extreme care.

SA’s chief medical officer Paddy Phillips said the elderly, babies and young children were most at risk.

” South Australia is now braced for the first heatwave of the year, and we’re advising people to take precautions during the extreme heat to remain cool and hydrated,” Professor Phillips said.

Firefighters were on high alert across SA while power authorities said the state’s electricity network was coping reasonably well with the high demand. ETSA

Utilities reported 15 outages, the worst involving about 7,500 homes in the Adelaide Hills and another cutting power to about 2,000 customers in the city’s north-western suburbs.

The Country Fire Service reported two bushfires, one on Kangaroo Island and one near Coonalpyn, south-east of Adelaide.

Police said they had 40 operation Nomad patrols on duty, checking on people considered at risk of starting fires.

“Offenders should expect zero tolerance from us if they choose to deliberately or negligently start bushfires,” said Chief Superintendent Silvio Amoroso.

“Out of the 199 fires in the past fortnight, 18 have been deliberately lit, 13 due to negligent acts”.

The heat also disrupted train services, buckling the tracks in several areas. While at Gawler, north of the city, Thoroughbred Racing SA cancelled an eight-race meeting, citing the welfare of both the horses and riders.

Acting chief executive Sean Clarkson said officials would continue to monitor conditions ahead of Saturday’s planned meetings at Morphettville in Adelaide and at Ceduna on the west coast.

The weather bureau said the temperature overnight would only fall to 32c with the top on Thursday likely to be 44c.

The first day under 40c was forecast to be Monday with a top of 39c tipped.



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