Perth’s internet down amid hot weather

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The soaring temperatures in Perth managed to send the internet into meltdown, leaving thousands of internet users in Australia without an internet connection.

iiNet, the second biggest DSL internet provider in Australia, took to Facebook and Twitter to apologise to customers following record-breaking temperatures that forced the firm to shut down some systems at its Perth data centre.

“Due to record breaking temperatures, iiNet Toolbox, Email and our corporate websites are unavailable. Apologies for any inconvenience caused,” tweeted iiNet.

However, the apology failed to cool the tempers of some customers in NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria, who turned to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustrations regarding the internet blackout.

Jane Wiles tweeted: “@iiNet reporting air conditioners failed. Get real iiNet, this is Australia! It’s hot here. How about backups and backup generators.”

The hot weather also dominated the conversations of those who did have a connection, with #perthweather, #hot and #melting trending in Perth.

iiNet stated that they managed to restore most services by 11:00pm AEST, which was more than six hours after the issues started.

Monday was the sixth hottest day in Perth on record. Registering 44.4oC just before 2:00pm, it was also Perth’s hottest January day since 1991.

Temperatures at Rottnest Island, which is a popular tourist destination, hit a maximum of 39.4oC, making it the hottest day there since 25 January 2012.

Meanwhile, trains across the Transperth network were ordered to drop speed by around 20km/h, and walking trails at Yanchep National Park were closed after a high fire-danger rating was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.


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