The Roads Melted in Victoria

Literally on the road to nowhere

From record-breaking chills in America to extreme heat waves in Australia, the earth has seen some bizarre climate recently.

And while alligators are fighting the cold in America’s frozen lakes, in parts of Australia,  the roads are melting from the extreme temperatures.

Penrith recorded Sydney’s second hottest day in history, but southwest the asphalt on Victoria’s Hume highway began to melt due to the heat. Those stuck in traffic tweeted photos of the gooey, sludgy asphalt.



The heat was so intense in Australia; bats were being boiled alive, with thousands falling from trees unable to adjust to the 38-degree temperatures.

Australia’s average temperatures have risen noticeably since 2000, with data suggesting that the climate will continue to rise and may reach temperatures of 50 degrees and higher nation-wide by 2040.

The increasing incidents of severe weather around the globe has been proven to be directly linked to human activities affecting the global climate. But despite the scientific evidence on offer, some still choose ignorance.



Hopefully it won't have to get too much hotter before the inevitable consensus is reached.

Lead Image: Conners Hill, Victoria, Photo by Trodel

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