Australia suffers record wildfires in record heatwave.

Guardian: “Australia’s heatwave set a new high of almost 50C as authorities warned that large uncontrolled bushfires would continue to threaten areas in the south-east of the country.” “….In other parts of New South Wales (NSW) authorities fought nearly 100 bushfires with many still out of control. Fire crews also fought blazes in Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.  ….NSW rural fire service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the last week had presented some of the “most atrocious” fire-fighting conditions he had seen in 30 years. “When it comes to fire, this week will be recognised as one of the worst, if not the worst danger weeks NSW has ever experienced,” he added….The first nine days of 2013 have recorded average maximum temperatures of more than 39C, making the length, severity and extent of the heatwave unprecedented, according to the climate commission’s special report on the heat wave