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Heat Wave in Southern Australia

February 5th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - February 5th, 2009

Australia - February 5th, 2009

As the northern states of Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, are still mostely covered by clouds related to the recent cyclone activity and convective disturbances in the area, a record-breaking heatwave is striking the south part of the country.

Upon opening the full image, clouds can be seen over the northern part of the country, while the sun-baked southern area is cloud-free.

The Australian Weather Bureau reports that South Australia and Victoria have been the worst affected, enduring six consecutive days of temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

The heatwave is expected to spread to Sydney by the end of the week.

The extreme temperatures have caused the deaths of 37 people, mostly elderly, and started bushfires that have destroyed 29 homes in the Latrobe Valley, east of Melbourne, according to the Guardian.

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