The floods have followed a record heatwave, during which temperatures in Southern Australia rocketed. On February 12, Adelaide smashed records when the temperate exceeded 40°C for the thirteenth day running.

On Thursday, The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for many parts of Southern Australia, including the Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, and West Coast areas. The parts of the country that are affected could experience heavy rain, flooding, and storms.

Speaking to The Guardian, SES state duty officer Graeme Wynwood reminded drivers that the treacherous conditions demanded extra care when driving.

“Following a long period of very dry weather, the roads are extremely slippery,” he said. “It is imperative that motorists drive to suit the conditions.”

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