10 Feb 2017 - 22:25
Power outage as heat wave hits Australia
Sydney: Major energy users in Australia shut down yesterday, and the public were asked not to go home and cook or watch television, averting big blackouts amid strained supplies as an extreme heat wave moved from the desert interior to the east coast.
The temperature climbed to 47 Celsius in parts of New South Wales (NSW) state and the Australian Capital Territory yesterday, while today is expected to see a record for the hottest February day on record.
Authorities had been preparing to temporarily suspend power to selected areas of NSW late yesterday to prevent overload just days after 40,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in the state of South Australia.
But the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) said late yesterday tight power supply conditions had subsided for the day, without power cuts to residents.