The dangerous smoke of Australian fires has led to air pollution not only in large cities throughout Australia, but also in New Zealand. Smoke spread thousands of kilometers across the Pacific Ocean and reached Argentina and Chile on January 6, according to the UN.
In the first week of 2020, in many parts of southern and eastern Australia, including the states of New South Wales and Victoria, fires reached catastrophic, or extremely dangerous proportions. In these areas, temperatures rose above 40 degrees Celsius. The situation is complicated by prolonged drought and gusty winds.
The Australian spring of 2019 - from September to December - was the most fire hazard in the history of meteorological observations. On December 19, 2019, a record average temperature of 41.9 degrees Celsius was recorded, and in the south of Australia, the thermometer reached 49.9 degrees.
14:01 January 09, 2020