Sydney, Australia (BBN)-Weather records were broken across Australia as the temperature reached 38 degrees in some parts of the country.
Bushfires burned in all states in an early start to the season with total fire bans declared in some areas because of the conditions, reports The Guardian.
Victoria and South Australia both broke records for the hottest ever starts to October while in Sydney the temperature reached 37 degrees in the city and 38 degrees in the western suburbs, the highest temperature recorded in New South Wales on Monday.
In South Australia, Adelaide recorded a temperature of 35.6 degrees, matching its record for the hottest day in the first week of October which was set in 1938.
In Victoria, Melbourne recorded a temperature of 32.8 degrees after Saturday broke records for the hottest start to October at 31.3 degrees.
In Canberra it was the earliest date in October the city has been hotter than 30 degrees. It recorded 31.7 degrees.
Forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology, Katarina Kovacevic, said although it was “significantly warmer” than usual in Sydney it was not record breaking, but Tuesday was also forecast to reach 33 in the CBD and high 30s in the western suburbs.
“[On Tuesday] the warm temperatures continue but on Wednesday we have a southerly change which will mean temperatures dropping drastically to about 23 degrees in city and 24 in the west,” she said.
In Tasmania temperatures were forecast to be 30 degrees on Tuesday while up to 20 bushfires burn across the state. There is a total fire ban in place in the state with high winds also predicted in coming days.
In Victoria more than 70 fires burned over the weekend and a high fire risk has been declared in central, north-central and south-west of the state.
In north Queensland people near Townsville are being told to evacuate with fast moving fires at Hervey Range.People in Thornton Gap road have been told to enact their bushfire plan or leave if they do not have one.