Wildfires – Australia
Gale-force winds in Australia merged two enormous fires into a megablaze across land almost four times the area of New York City on Friday, while thousands rallied to again demand action on climate change. Temperatures soared above 40°C in parts of New South Wales and neighbouring Victoria. Australian authorities urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes and prepared military backup as soaring temperatures and erratic winds were expected to fan deadly wildfires across the east coast. Emergency alert text messages had been sent to 240,000 people in Victoria state alone, telling them to leave.