Sydney is getting five warm days in a row and the Sydney Morning Horror is warning that it could be deadly. Even newspapers in Belgium think their readers need to know there's a warm spring in Australia — 10 – 15 degrees above average. It's not even a record. Not even "the hottest in history" — just by golly, a bit warmer than a similar September heatwave, you know, nine years ago.
It was 35.6 degrees in September 2000 — so after 23 years of global warming, it's not even hotter.
Sydney is due to hit 30 degrees on Sunday and Monday, but will reach new highs of 32 on Tuesday and Wednesday. The city hasn't experienced consecutive days of 30-degree-plus weather in September since 2014. This week will be 10 degrees hotter than Sydney's August average.
Driving a car could be deadly today too, but we don't put it in a headline. The psychological effect is to generate fear of warm weather.
What is exciting is that Sydney didn't even reach 32C last summer, at all, so after one of the least warm not-hottest 12 months on record, Sydney is finally getting some beach weather. But don't mention that in 163 years there has not been a longer period where Sydney didn't break 32 degrees C.
In the capital Canberra it can reach 28 degrees on Monday. There the record for September is at 30 degrees.
According to the meteorological institute, it is very exceptional that a heat wave is observed so early in the year. Summer is expected to be the hottest since 1996. Australia is therefore holding its breath for a summer like the one from 2019-2020. Then large parts of the country were burned to ashes by forest fires, killing some thirty.