Our regular coastal breeze had failed. Strong winds from the north-west brought heat from Australia’s desert regions. Temperature in the shade rose to 44C. Away from the coast, temperatures rose higher and in Australia’s centre birds were seen to fall dead from the sky.
The extreme weather meant fires were ravaging many areas. The smell of smoke hung in the air giving ominous warning.
An emergency alert warned a fire was five kilometres distant. Checking wind direction, I knew my house was safe but friends were in its path.
A new day, winds and heat less, my friends were safe… at least for now.
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