- A 10km stretch of the Hume Freeway has melted under extreme heat in Victoria
- A heatwave is sweeping parts of Australia that sent temperature soaring to more than 40 degrees Celsius
- People were urged to remain indoors and to refrain from playing sports amid extreme heat
As the cold snap sweeps across Northeastern US, Australia, on the other hand, is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave.
Right now, a heatwave is sweeping parts of Australia that sent temperature soaring to more than 40 degrees Celsius; prompting authorities to warn residents to stay inside to protect themselves from the “killer” heat that is fueling fires and melting roads.
Victoria Police, via their Twitter account, has warned motorists to avoid a lane near Broadford as there is a 10km stretch of a road that is melting.
According to a road surface expert, asphalt is like chocolate — it melts and softens when it’s hot, and goes hard and brittle when it’s cold — ‘it doesn’t maintain the same strength all year round’.
“This heat is a killer,” state of Victoria ambulance commander Paul Holman told local media on Friday via Brinkwire.
“It’s going to be like a blast furnace tomorrow and you need to adjust what you do. You need to take care. So put off the sporting events, put off the outside events, stay inside,” he added.
The largest city in Australia, Sydney, recorded its hottest day since 1939, with the temperature at 47.3 degrees Celsius in the suburbs of Penrith.