King, wife ‘worried’ about rising temperatures
The king and his wife are among more than 1,000 people who have received notices from the state of New South Wales that they need to evacuate from their homes if temperatures rise above 50 degrees Celsius.
The notices say they have to leave within 72 hours.
The King’s office said the King and his two children are currently at their residence.
The Queen and her family are staying in Sydney, while the Prince and the Duchess of Cambridge have been staying in Melbourne.
A spokesperson for the Department of Emergency Services said the agency would continue to monitor conditions on the ground, but the weather was “unprecedented”.
“The NSW Emergency Services response team will remain in the region to support residents and assist with evacuations as and when necessary,” the spokesperson said.
“The emergency services team will be monitoring weather conditions for potential impacts to their operations and to determine if further action is needed.”
The notice is the first issued under the Emergency Management Act.
The act provides for the use of a state of emergency to provide a state in which to conduct emergency management.
In the past year, the NSW Emergency Management Agency has issued more than 50,000 notices.
New South Wales has seen record rainfall across the state and is expected to see temperatures increase as summer progresses.
Victoria has also been hit by heavy rain and flooding as it continues to recover from last year’s bushfires.