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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Scorching heat baking Australia eased on Monday bringing relief from extreme bushfires, which destroyed around 180 houses and killed one person over the weekend, allowing firefighters to prepare for worsening conditions post-Christmas.
SYDNEY: Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited firefighters battling Australia's bushfire crisis on Sunday (Dec 22) as he apologised for a Hawaiian holiday that ended early after public outrage. Morrison toured the headquarters of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service -- whose exhausted volunteers have been struggling to contain deadly, out-of-control-blazes for months.
PERTH: Australia’s most populous state was paralysed by "catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday (Dec 21) amid soaring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires ravaged the country’s southeast, officials said.
BARGO (Australia): A scorching heatwave intensified bushfires ravaging parts of Australia on Saturday, and out-of-control blazes surrounding Sydney worsened under "catastrophic" conditions.
SYDNEY: At least three people have died as dozens of massive out-of-control bushfires continue to raze large areas in four of eight states in Australia amid record-breaking heat.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A backburning operation intended to contain a massive wildfire in eastern Australia sparked out of control, damaging buildings and cutting off major roads, authorities said, as the country heads into another heatwave that may topple temperature records.
SYDNEY: Temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius for a third consecutive day in Western Australia on Sunday (Dec 15) as fires blazed out-of-control north of the capital city Perth.
Sydney: Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital on Sunday Dec 8, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week.
Sydney: Out of control bushfires forced residents in eastern Australia to flee their homes on Saturday (Dec 7), as other parts of the country braced for a heatwave due next week.
PARIS (Reuters) - Paris plans to expand its urban cooling system, which uses a network of underground water pipes, and make it available to small companies and residential buildings as global warming increases the number of aircon units in the city, deputy mayor Jean-Louis Missika said on Monday.