Australia: Record heat, low rain leave regions ‘primed’ to ignite

Sydney Morning Herald: A LEADING weather researcher says Australia's great heatwave this year and low rainfall have left some regions ''primed to go''. The weather bureau's rainfall maps for the past three months show virtually all the southern and eastern parts of the country have posted below or very-much-below average rainfall. And the past fortnight of record-breaking heat across much of the continent meant fuel loads in bushfire areas were ''trumping the situation'' due to lowering moisture levels, said Jeff......

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