Juan Martn Del Potro of Argentina at the Australian Open in
Melbourne. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Large swathes of southeast Australia continue to swelter
under extreme heat, with the mercury above 40C at lunchtime in
Melbourne and Adelaide.
Many NSW residents are tipped to cop temps in the 40s on
Wednesday, while Tasmanians also sweat through unseasonably
In Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecast a
maximum of 41C Wednesday, which is the second of four days
predicted to be above 40C.
If that happens, it will be the first time the city has
endured such a heatwave since 1908, when there was a five-day
streak over 40C.
At 1.50pm (AEDT), the temperature in Melbourne was just above
40C, with Charlton, in Mallee, recording a scorching 42.9C.
Melbourne's weather was so hot in the city that at the
Australian Open on Tuesday a tennis a player hallucinated
that he saw Snoopy on court before fainting mid-match, a ball
kid collapsed and water bottles melted on court.
A total fire ban is in place for the state, and the Victorian
government issued a heat health alert, urging people to stay
hydrated and check on the elderly.
Across the border, Adelaide was the hottest of any capital
city, recording 42.4C at 1.50pm.
Adelaide faces temperatures above 40C for the next five days,
as does most of the state including Renmark and Port Augusta.
The state's hottest weather on Wednesday was at Roseworthy,
near Gawler, at 42.6C.
Extreme heat warnings have been issued by South Australia's
State Emergency Service (SES) until Thursday.
The temperature hit a mild 19.3C in Hobart, Tasmania, but a
total fire ban is in place for the state's northern and
In those regions the state's temperatures were into the 30s,
well above average even for summer.
The town of Ouse, in the upper Derwent Valley, was the
hottest part of the state at 34.8C.
In NSW, Sydney was spared super-hot weather thanks to a
coastal sea breeze that kept the temperature under 30C.
The temp in the CBD hit about 28C after lunchtime, with BoM
forecasting a max of 30C.
However, it was much hotter in the city's west, with the
bureau expecting the mercury to reach 39C at Penrith.
BoM's warned not to expect a cool change until Saturday.
Large parts of the state are suffering extreme heat, with the
town of Deniliquin, in the Riverina, tipped to record a
number of 44C days.
BoM put the heat wave blanketing the country's southeast down
to a "very slow moving, high-pressure system sitting in the
"It's been directing steady northerly streams for a number of
days now, so it's been building a lot of heat in the interior
of the continent," a BoM forecaster said.