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Monstrous heatwave in Australia, citizens asked to save energy

Staff Writer |
Residents in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) have been urged not to cook or watch television to save power as a scorching heatwave moved from the desert interior to the coast.

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The state's Energy Minister Don Harwin asked residents to consider reducing their energy usage after work, reported Reuters.

"Rather than going straight home and turning on the television and cooking, (you might) want to consider going to a movie, going out to a shopping centre, keeping the load low, every bit like that helps," he told journalists, The Straits Times reports.

The blackout threat for NSW has been downgraded, but residents are still being urged to limit their energy use, reported The Australian newspaper.

A paper mill, water treatment operations and Australia's largest aluminium smelter, Tomago, were among those that halted operations to conserve energy, with many industrial users required to do so under their contracts.

A total fire ban has been declared for the entire state today and tomorrow. The temperature climbed to 47 deg C in parts of NSW and the Australian Capital Territory yesterday, while today is expected to see a record for the hottest February day on record.


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