Today was the hottest day in Sydney ever. It broke the 1939 record and was 45.8 degrees Celcius.
Tonight there are bushfires raging throughout the state. From my balcony I noticed a glowing horizon at 9.00pm well after sunset. I went down to the beach and saw a fire across the beach from Pittwater.
The news from RFS website said:
Major Fire Updates
Watch and Act - Towlers Bay Fire (Pittwater LGA) 18/01/13 20:49
A fire is burning in the Ku-ring-gai National Park in the Pittwater area.
Firefighters are working to contain the fire which is burning on West Head within the Ku-ring-gai National Park.
Remote properties, accessible only by water, in areas including Lovett, Morning and Elvina Bays may experience smoke and embers. Crews are in place to protect properties in these areas.
Full marks to those men and women volunteers fighting fires in this heat.