Friday 19 December 2014

Australian heatwave: temperatures reach 46 degrees Celsius

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In this photo released by Tennis Australia, Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini cools down in a fountain in central Melbourne as temperatures topped at 43 C (108 F) at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Tennis Australia, Fiona Hamilton)
Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini cools down in a fountain in central Melbourne as temperatures topped at 43 C (108 F) at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia
A wildfire burns trees and bushland along a roadside in Perth Hills in western Australia
A fire damaged property in Cousins Place, Stoneville
A firefighter works to extinguish a blaze near homes in Perth Hills in western Australia
Children cool off in a fountain at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne
Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic cools with penguins at the Melbourne Aquarium as temperatures topped at 43 C (108 F) at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia
A fire damaged property in Fennell Court, Stoneville
A girl holds her hat as she cools down in front of a mist fan at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne
A possum that survived the bushfire is pictured in Fennell Court, Stoneville
People line up to buy ice creams at Brighton Beach
Basel Khalil, Ali Khouzam and Moe Kheb keep cool by playing ball in the sea at Elwood Beach
A fire damaged Stoneville property is pictured in Narla Retreat in Perth, Australia
People jump into the sea to keep cool at St Kilda Beach
People sunbath at Elwood Beach
People kite surf at Brighton Beach

Extreme weather has forced lifeguards to work at night and players fear of dehydration at the Australian Open

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