Published: Sun, January 05, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Smoke from Australia's bushfires turn New Zealand's skies orange

Smoke from Australia's bushfires turn New Zealand's skies orange

The peaks around the tourist city of Queenstown were also covered in haze.

An additional 22 firefighters will be deployed from New Zealad to help tackle Australia's bushfire crisis, Jacinda Ardern has announced.

"Near Franz Josef glacier. The pilot said he had been up the day before and the snow was white", Rey, who didn't want to give her full name, told CNN. "At the moment it's definitely more noticeable, especially over the South Island".

"There is a windy Southern Ocean change arriving today in the South Island and Monday and Tuesday nationwide which should clear the air over New Zealand", said.

Tourist flights up to Tasman, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers are a popular way to experience New Zealand's stunning mountain scenery. New Zealand's former Prime Minister Helen Clark took to Twitter to draw attention to this issue.

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"This is when the whiteness of an object reflects radiation away impacting its temperature", he continues. The "caramelized" snow is caused by dust from the bushfires.

People in other parts of New Zealand's South Island woke up on New Year's Day to skies turning an eerie yellow, orange and grey from the bushfires.

The New Zealand prime minister confirmed the move on Friday, as clouds of smoke from fires burning across Australia's east crossed the Tasman Sea and reached the South Island.

'Police are asking individuals to not name the 111 emergency quantity to report the orange haze within the sky brought on by the Australian bush fires, ' the assertion learn.

New Zealand has more than 3000 glaciers that are fast disappearing.

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