Editorial - Wednesday, October 29:Heatwave stoking fire fears

THE adage about one man's pleasure being another's pain is running scarily true across the Coffs Coast and indeed northern Australia.

Clear skies and warm days ending with spectacular thunderstorms are proving perfect for holidaymakers and sunseekers, and all those who can capitalise on their enjoyment of the great outdoors.

The flipside is of course the lack of rain which every day raises our local bushfire risk, and across the ranges, plunges the farming sector further into crippling drought.

And then there is the sapping heat with new figures pointing to Australia and the world being on track for the hottest year since official records began in 1880. The global heatwave has now stretched for 355 months, all of which have been hotter than the long-term average.

Locally, our Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting warmer than average weather for the three summer months and therefore the potential for a frightening fire season.

It's enough to get everyone reaching for their air-conditioner remotes and ramping up their swimming pool filters.

The problem is experts are now convinced more than ever it's those habits which are exacerbating the problem.

Graeme Singleton,
Editor



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