More than 100 wildfires developed last week across southeast Australia leading to the worst fire crisis in decades.
In Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, the fires raged for nearly a week before firefighters finally gained the upper hand on the largest blazes.
In total, more than 125,000 hectares (300,000 acres) of land were consumed by the fires that took thousands of firefighters to contain.
On Thursday, a man flying a water-bomber plane and trying to douse a bush fire with water was killed when the plane crashed, sparking a new fire in Budawang National Park. A second man died when he suffered from a fatal heart attack trying to save his home.
A firefighter hoses to control flames near houses at Bilpin, 75 kilometers (47 miles) west of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Much of the focus is now shifting toward locating wildlife that have been injured or displaced by the recent wildfires.
The animal rescue group WIRES, combined with many local residents have already been searching scorched areas for surviving animals that need aid following the most recent wildfires according to Strait Times.
A Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, is cared at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Center in Rawson, Australia, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. Bandages can be seen on Sam's paws. (AP Photo)
The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service stated, while it is unclear how many animals have been killed, thousands have likely been affected.
Since July, Sydney, Australia, has only received 116 mm (4.59 inches) of rainfall, or about 36 percent of the normal rainfall. Temperatures have also been about 6 degrees above average.
The combination of the extremely dry weather, unseasonable warmth and rounds of gusty winds has produced the ideal conditions for wildfires spark and spread rapidly over southeast Australia.
After temperatures rose 20 degrees above normal on Tuesday, more seasonable temperatures with occasional showers will prevail through at least the upcoming Tuesday. Breezy winds, however, could also return on Tuesday.
Dry conditions will resume for Wednesday and Thursday, but not blazing heat.
Looking ahead, rainfall is expected to remain below normal as Australia heads into spring. That would keep the stage set for more wildfires to ignite, especially on any hot and windy days that unfold.
An image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) shows the smoke from multiple fires spreading across Sydney, Australia, on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Courtney Spamer contributed content to this story.
A powerful system moving out of the Rockies will bring the threat of severe weather to portions of the Plains during the first part of this week.
Fall air will erase the record warmth that has been gripping the Northeast, while chilly air is set to charge into the Midwest by week's end.
A powerful autumn storm will take shape across the central U.S. during the middle of the week, with another one set to develop at the end of the week.
Unusually high water temperatures throughout the North Pacific Ocean have brought sightings of uncommon species to the area as well as concerns from researchers about how it could affect native species.
Cool, rainy weather will continue to dampen the Minneapolis area through the week before sunshine returns for the weekend.
An intense storm system swept through much of the Southwest over the weekend, sparking a Utah bridge to crumble amid overwhelming flooding that toppled a vehicle into a nearby river.
San Diego, CA (1970)
Strong Santa Ana winds create fire disaster in interior parts of county (September 25 to 30); 500,000 acres burned.
Lander, NY (1982)
15.4 inches of of snow (29th-30th). Total of 32.9 inches for month (Sept. record).
Record dry September: Pittsburgh, PA - Only 0.28" this month; driest September on record (old record 0.57 inches in 1893) Greensboro, NC - Driest month ever (only a trace of rain) Columbia, SC - Only 0.07" of rain.