New records for the highest recorded temperature are set in Greater Sydney (48.9 C at Penrith) and Canberra (44 C.
Sources: The Guardian
Sources: The Guardian
An elderly woman dies of suffocation while leaving a Brisbane, Queensland-originated Qantas plane at Canberra Airport. Canberra's air quality had been reported as the worst in the world because of heavy smoke from the bushfires in New South Wales.
Thousands of people are reported stranded on a local beach awaiting evacuation near Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia, as bushfires enter the coastal town. Four people are reported missing. Elsewhere, a volunteer Fire and Rescue NSW firefighter died battling a bushfire near the town of Jingellic.
Around 7,500 people in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, stage a protest against Prime Minister Scott Morrison's lack of acknowledgement towards an ongoing bushfire caused by drought and climate change.
Reports emerge of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's discovery of classified Australian documents, related to Chinese intelligence activity abroad, in the Canberra home of a woman allegedly acting on behalf of the Communist Party of China.
Heavy rains in the Australian state of New South Wales leads to evacuations or warnings in the towns of Cooma, Goulburn, Queanbeyan and near the town of Kiama. [http:--www.theaustralian.com.au-news-nation-flood-evacuations-loom-in-nsw-as-the-state-gets-a-soaking-story-e6frg6nf-1226285874282 ("The Australian")] [http:--www.abc.net.au-news-2012-03-01-goulburn-prepares-to-evacuate-3862054-?site=illawarra§ion=news (ABC News Australia)] [http:--www.dailytelegraph.com.au-news-sydney-nsw-towns-on-high-alert-as-heavy-rain-continues-story-e6freuzi-1226285745193 ("Daily Telegraph")]The Warragamba Dam, the primary water source for the city of Sydney, is expected to overflow within 24 hours causing nearby areas to flood as well as the Nepean River. [http:--www.news.com.au-national-record-rains-force-evacuations-in-nsw-story-e6frfkvr-1226285665120 (News Limited)]Hundreds of people in the northern part of the state of Victoria, with the town of Tallygaroopna the worst affected. [http:--sl.farmonline.com.au-news-state-livestock-cattle-evacuations-as-floods-waters-lap-homes-cars-2473515.aspx?src=rss ("Stock and Land")]date=August 2019 Heavy flooding is also reported in the region of the capital city Canberra with the Old Cotter River dam going under for the first time in a hundred years. [http:--www.smh.com.au-act-news-live-flood-watch-in-act-and-surrounding-regions-20120301-1u4fp.html ("Sydney Morning Herald")]Hundreds of people in the northern part of the state of Victoria, with the town of Tallygaroopna the worst affected. [http:--sl.farmonline.com.au-news-state-livestock-cattle-evacuations-as-floods-waters-lap-homes-cars-2473515.aspx?src=rss ("Stock and Land")]date=August 2019
Advocates of free speech march through the streets of Sydney in support of WikiLeaks spokesperson Julian Assange, who is in England battling attempts by Sweden to have him extradited. Greens MP David Shoebridge addresses the crowd and calls for support from the Australian government.