This summer is an unprecedented disaster that continues to be terrifying and devastating for Australia. We share your sadness and disbelief at the impact on our communities, wildlife and environment. We join the country in thanking the fire services for their work and resilience over many months.
APAM continues our preparations to welcome national and international participants to Melbourne for the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA.
For information on the changeable smoke and air quality in places around Australia, please refer to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
If you have questions or concerns please email us.
Financial support remains the most tangible and useful way many of us can help. Many Australian news outlets are running stories — and periodically updating them — with information on how to research, fundraise and directly support the Australian bushfire crisis and future recovery:
How to fundraise for Australian bushfire relief effort by Siobhan Heggerty, ABC
Do you homework, give cash and avoid scams: how to donate to Australia’s bushfire crisisby Alyx Gorman, The Guardian
NSW, Victoria fires: How you can Australia’s bushfire victims by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Deanna Ruseska, Sydney Morning Herald
As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers and low humidity. The average temperatures in Summer in February is a high of 25C (77F) and a low of 14C (57F). However, it is not uncommon for Melbourne to experience temperatures as high as 40C (104F) in February. Please be prepared for anything – you may need an umbrella, sun-hat and sunscreen, or to wear layers that can be added or removed throughout the day, as needed.
See the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for more details.