Bushfires in southeast Australia, as temperatures sizzle
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:02
Jan. 16 - Bushfires hit Victoria state in southeastern Australia, as temperatures sizzle. Michaela Cabrera reports.
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Bushfires are spreading in Grampians National Park in the state of Victoria, as a heatwave sweeps through southeast Australia.
The blaze, sparked by lightning, covers more than 1,000 hectares and is threatening rural areas.
Residents have been told to leave the area immediately.
More than 200 firefighters are trying to kill the blaze but the terrain is very difficult to access.
Parts of the southeast are sweltering, with temperatures peaking at 42 degrees Celsius in Melbourne. Some had to be checked by paramedics.
Even animals at Adelaide Zoo were given cold treats.
The group Climate Council warns in a report that Australia has only begun to feel the impact of climate change.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY CLIMATE CHANGE INSTITUTE, PROFESSOR WILL STEFAN SAYING:
"This is part of a longer term upwards trend and we know the physics of why this occurring. It's simply because we're stacking more heat in the lower atmosphere."
Experts say extreme weather would affect Australia's agricultural output.
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