The Australian weather bureau has announced that a spring heat wave affecting extensive areas of the southeastern region, including Sydney, is set to intensify on Monday.
Temperatures are projected to reach as much as 16 degrees Celsius (60 Fahrenheit) higher than the average for September.
Australia is currently experiencing an escalating heat wave that originated in the country’s outback interior over the weekend.
This heat wave is anticipated to persist until Wednesday and will impact the states of South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales.
The Bureau of Meteorology has indicated that numerous early spring temperature records are likely to be shattered in the coming days, describing the heat as “extraordinarily unusual for the month of September.”
The heat took its toll on runners in the Sydney marathon on Sunday with 26 people taken to the hospital and about 40 treated for heat exhaustion by emergency services.