Auckland, which is about 1,300 miles from Sydney, was infiltrated with smoke at about 2 p.m. local time on Sunday, according to Weather Watch.
The New Zealand Met Service shared satellite images that showed a brown plume of smoke blowing directly into the country’s northern provinces. Forecasters expected the smoke to clear by Monday.
Professional tennis player Michael Venus posted a photo of his practice session, the stadium backlighted by a dramatic orange haze.
The glowing skies were a reminder of the disaster that has claimed at least a dozen lives in Australia over the past week and burned an area the size of West Virginia so far this season. Climate change has led to conditions that are particularly ripe for fires. In 2019 Australia experienced its driest and hottest year on record; Saturday was the hottest day ever recorded in Sydney, a scorching 48.8 degrees celcius, and 43.3 in Canberra.