Australia formally declares El Niño weather event

Australia formally declares El Niño weather event

LOCAL authorities in Australia have expressed concerns over conditions of extreme heat and the risk of bushfires after the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) officially declared an El Niño weather phenomenon.

Parts of Australia are experiencing extreme weather conditions while an unusual heatwave that hit the country’s southeast this month led to the first total fire ban in three years.

The declaration of the El Niño event brought concerns about a hot and dry summer that will most likely elevate the risk of bushfires.

The announcement came more than two months after the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced the arrival of the global El Niño and warned governments worldwide to mobilize preparations to limit the impacts on the health of its residents.

This is also the first time in eight years that Australia declared a weather event.

Bushfire season in Australia starts anytime from June onwards and could go as far as April of next year.

The so-called Black Summer bushfires which took place between 2019 to 2020 were one of the worst bushfires that happened in Australia.

The mega fire which made global headlines burned an estimated 24.3 million hectares, killed more than 30 people, and wiped out nearly half a billion animals.

 

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