sydney - In the metropolis of Sydney, the mercury reached 47.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday. That is not a record, in 1939 it was slightly warmer. The asphalt has been melted by the heat. The authorities call for cancellation of sports competitions. Relief workers have opened special refrigerated reception places for homeless people.
The high temperatures, the drought and the strong wind ensure dangerous conditions. In parts of the country no fire can be lit at all.
The extreme heat also causes power failures. Thousands of people were without electricity this weekend, so without air conditioning and fans.
In the course of Monday there will probably be cooling. Then it will be a meager 33 degrees in Sydney, with a chance of rain.