Australia Declares State of Emergency as Heatwave Hits Record Temperature

Firefighters Continue to Battle Wildfires Fueled by Drought and Extreme Windy Conditions

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Australia has declared a state of emergency following a heatwave that saw temperatures hit record 41.9 degrees Celsius (107.4 Fahrenheit), a degree higher than the highest recorded temperature.

The heatwave has fueled the ongoing wildfires that have been burning in the most populous state of New South Wales.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the seven-day state of emergency was due to “catastrophic weather conditions.” She said the biggest concern was the unpredictability, extreme wind conditions, and scorching temperatures. The state of emergency is the second in as many months.

More than 2000 firefighters with support from the United States, Canada, and the Australia Defence Force have been deployed to battle the fires.