Breaking: Temperature records are plummeting and winds are picking up speed, as fires ravageS vast areas of Australia’s south east today.
Today will certainly go down as a black Saturday in Australian Bushfire records.
The Sydney region has recorded its hottest day in history. Records have also been smashed in many towns across New South Wales.
Australian bushfire crisis:
Saturday is turning out to be completely devastating in Australia.
Massive fire fronts are burning from vast inland bush areas right to the Ocean south of Sydney.
Towns are covered in thick smoke, as daytime becomes night.
Reports of bushfire flames up to 50 meters high moving through the Shoalhaven area south of Sydney. People in the area have been given emergency text messages.
Huge wall of flames move if toward towns on the coast south of Sydney.
The flames have now crossed the Shaolhaven River. People in Nowra and the Kangaroo Valley are bracing for the unstoppable fire front.
Temperatures are at record levels. In Kangaroo Valley south of Sydney, 51C was recoded at 1pm local time, a radio station there reported.
In the Western suburbs of Sydney, the temperatures hit 49.5C in Penrith and surrounding areas. This is the highest temperature ever recorded. The Sydney basin has never seen heat like this.
Authorities are warning the intense bushfires will result in the creation of thunderstorms which are extremely dangerous.
Live update from NSWRFS
This is breaking news. More at Sydney News homepage.
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Ryan is Contributing Editor