Weather Conditions On Black Saturday

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- Heatwaves: The weather conditions on Black Saturday were some of the worst weather conditions ever recorded. In the weeks preceding the bushfires, there had been a series of exceptional heatwaves in south-eastern Australia and particularly Victoria. The heatwave that accompanied the bushfires on the day broke records. Much of Victoria, including Melbourne and 20 other centres registered unprecedented maximum temperatures. Melbourne reached 46.4° Celsius, the highest in 154 years of record keeping. The causes of these heatwaves were blocking high pressure systems over the Tasman Sea, which channelled hot, dry tropical air over south-eastern Australia. - Low rainfall: The soaring temperatures of the heatwaves were preceded by months of very

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