Australia forced to adapt as summers get hotter

Australia is in the grip of a record-breaking run of summer heat, which has prompted residents and the authorities across the country to find ways to cope.
Australia is in the grip of a record-breaking run of summer heat, which has prompted residents and the authorities across the country to find ways to cope.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

As roads melt in record-high temperatures, residents told to guard against heat stress

For residents in the inland Australian town of Wagga Wagga, the soaring temperatures in recent days came with at least a benefit: free entry to the local swimming pool.

Town mayor Greg Conkey announced last Thursday that the local aquatic centre would offer free entry whenever the temperature reached 41 deg C or higher.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Australia forced to adapt as summers get hotter'. Print Edition | Subscribe