Seven-day state of emergency declared as Australia records hottest day in history for second successive day 2 months ago

Seven-day state of emergency declared as Australia records hottest day in history for second successive day

The average maximum daytime temperature in Australia on Wednesday was 41.9 degrees Celsius.

A seven-day state of emergency has been declared in the Australian state of New South Wales as the record for the hottest ever day in Australia’s history was broken for the second time in successive days.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a state of emergency in the country’s most populous state on Thursday, when temperatures hit highs of 38 degrees in the state capital, Sydney, and exceeded 40 degrees in other areas.

The state of emergency will remain in effect for seven days as temperatures are expected to continue to soar and bushfires, which firefighters in the region have been battling for months, continue to rage out of control.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology announced that the record for the hottest day in the country’s history had been broken for the second day in succession on Wednesday.

The national average maximum daytime temperature on the day was a sweltering 41.9 degrees Celsius, a full degree hotter than the day before, which had also broken the previous record.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come in for criticism for going on holiday to Hawaii but was defended by acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack at a press conference earlier this week.

"He's worked very, very hard, he's entitled to a holiday," said McCormack.