The residents of Australia have been inhaling the smoke from the Australian Bushfires for many weeks now as the bushfires are raging across the country. However, recently a thick blanket of that smoky haze has started to envelop its neighboring countries, especially New Zealand as the residents woke up on New Year’s Day to witness literally an apocalyptic looking the first day of 2020.
The smoke from Australian Bushfires is blowing at a speed of 1200 mph towards southeast across the Tasman Sea and now they are covering eh South Island of New Zealand. The sun on the morning of Wednesday in New Zealand was of ominous red color and reports of the residents of South Island came pouring in about the air having a strong smell of the smoke.
Aidan Pyselma, a meteorologist told media, “It has been happening for quite some time now since the Australian Bushfires have been raging on. At the moment it is now very noticeable; especially over the South Island.”
Latest satellite map (attached) is quite surreal for #NewZealand with thick orange smoke/dust smothering the Tasman Sea and the South Island.
— WeatherWatch.co.nz (@WeatherWatchNZ) December 31, 2019
This smoke-filled haze now also started traveling to the North Inland as it is covering the capital of the country; Wellington in a gray-colored veil. Luckily this veil of gray-colored haze started to thin out on Thursday and the skies are soon expected to be cleared up as more winds will blow this smoke towards the Pacific Ocean.
Still, the residents of New Zealand will not be able to breathe properly just yet. The country will still be troubled by the small plumes of smoke until Sunday and is most likely to affect the quality of air in New Zealand until the Australian Bushfires die down completely.
— paul le comte (@five15design) January 1, 2020
Dunedin 2020: Blade Runner Edition. pic.twitter.com/1qmU8Hbrra
— Chris (@opetheater) December 31, 2019
This is the view from my parents house in #Wanaka NZ this morning, where the smoke from the #ausfires has reached them now. The bottom is what it should look like. The reach of these fires is incredible pic.twitter.com/pxDpvInaec
— Chris Binney (@ChrisBinney) December 31, 2019
This the view from the top of the Tasman Glacier NZ today – whole South island experiencing bushfire clouds. We can actually smell the burning here in Christchurch. Thinking of you guys. 😢#nswbushfire #AustralianFires #AustraliaBurning pic.twitter.com/iCzOGkou4o
— Miss Roho (@MissRoho) January 1, 2020
Just been to Milford Sound in NZ. It smells of smoke because of the Australian fires. pic.twitter.com/Z0GAW9FSan
— Carrick Ryan (@realCarrickRyan) January 1, 2020
If you still weren’t sure how bad the Australia #Bushfires were, my brother took this photo today…. he lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The smoke is covering NEW ZEALAND now. This is horrific. pic.twitter.com/qRi2hIl1xX
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) January 1, 2020
This is the sky in Christchurch today. That red dot is the sun. The smoke from the Australian bushfires is literally blotting out the sky and reducing visibility in a country an ocean away. Can 2020 be the year where #ClimateChange is actually addressed? Please? pic.twitter.com/DDELxjuV1O
— Sunfire (@Sunfire_SG) January 1, 2020
In Christchurch… the smoke from NSW and Victoria has made its way here. I just wish it would rain across the whole of Australia and put them all out! That was the sun at 3pm!! #AustraliaFires #bushfirecrisis pic.twitter.com/BGJDkapk35
— Annie Pappalardo (@Annieb25) January 1, 2020
Thick smoke from Australia’s #bushfirecrisis has made its way to NZ, with 📷 showing white glaciers blanketed by a haze.
Rey, an Aussie in Wellington, took 📷 of the “caramelised snow” caused by dust near Franz Josef Glacier, on South Island.#AustralianFires #ausfires #NSWfires pic.twitter.com/n5dc56m7FV
— Fiona Bateman (@feebateman) January 2, 2020
So far, as a result of the Australian Bushfires, nearly 18 people have been confirmed dead which includes 7 dead in the area of New South Wales last week. Nearly 1400 houses have been burned down and 11 million acres of the land have been left charred along with almost half a billion animal dead.
These Australian Bushfires are thought to be started due to the hot and dry conditions of the country. As a result of the strong winds, ongoing drought and the record-breaking heat spell last year has left Australia to be a fiery kiln and most of them are to be blamed by the recent climate changes.