That is the temperature it got to in Melbourne today and it's still 46. The state is on fire like it was on what came to be known as Ash Wednesday in 1983 when around 70 people died. The north winds are gale force and a fire burning 500 meters south of my home is being pushed away from us at the moment but that means it is getting into the foothills where there are hundreds of houses and mayb into the Ferntree Gully National Park.
The first one is looking towards the city and normally we can see the skyscrapers in the city centre 40 kilometers away. Now the visibility is down to around 5k.
The next two show the smoke in the skies above our house.
The wind is still strong and as hot as any I have ever felt and this is the hottest day of my life in a year where we have already had one stretch with four days in a row over 40C.
In the city the Plane Trees are dropping their leaves from water stress and if this contnues many of them may well die before the Autumn. Even in my own back yard in which agapanthus grow as weeds, they too are brown and dying.
I think we'll be OK but having worked in fire areas as a cop years ago I know how fickle they can be.