Phoebe's dad was over there all week, on business, so we watched the weather more intently than usual. He returned on Friday, and today the Melbourne fires have raged again with temperatures climbing up to 45c in the area.
I have past students living there, who said they will never whinge about our Canterbury Nor'wester again... that the air there is like hot oven draught, and the smell of smoke and the stifling heat is unbearable.
25 people have now been confirmed killed. Some children, and more are missing.
I can't even begin to comprehend what you are all living through, but we are thinking of those of you near it, or those following friends and family there with grave fears.
This man has been left with nothing but his cat, his canary and his car... click here for a link to the news article.
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