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Aussie Heatwaves

Thu, 29 Jan, 2009

News Photo - Aussie Heatwaves

Extreme temperatures disrupt southern New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

A record number of days in the mid 40 Celcius range are responsible for massive blackouts across South Australia and Victoria.

Furthermore, transport systems have been severely disrupted in Adelaide and Melbourne

Tasmania also broke a three-decade-old record, reaching 41.5 degrees this week. The previous high was 40.8 degrees, set in Hobart in 1976.

Health professionals are warning people to take particular care of children and the elderly who are more vulnerable to heat exhaustion.

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