Power outages as southern Australia swelters through brutal heatwave

Power outages as southern Australia swelters through brutal heatwave

Scorching heat knocked out power to homes and businesses, raised wildfire risks and sent tennis fans looking for water and shade Friday in Australia's second-largest city, which recorded its hottest day in five years.

Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia, recorded the highest ever temperature in a major Australian city as the heat peaked at 46.6 degrees.

Adelaide has endured the highest ever temperature in a major Australian city, but as the heatwave continues Down Under, parts of the United States could see Siberian-type lows of -45.5 degrees.

On Thursday, Temperatures in southern Australian neared 48 degrees shattering previous records as burning citizens received free beer to help weather heatwave of historic proportions.

Forecasters expect that temperatures will start to drop on Friday with possible thunderstorms in Adelaide.

More news: Snow, rain, and risky record cold in the week ahead

The disruption comes as temperatures in Melbourne soared to 42.8 Celsius (109 Fahrenheit) just after lunch. Take a look at this video to find out more.

Health authorities were also forced to issue a public warning to avoid contact with hundreds of heat-stressed bats falling from trees in parkland areas.

Adelaide's Red Lion Hotel promised free beer if the mercury topped 45 C but only while it exceeded that benchmark. Local authorities in central and western Australia, had to carry out an emergency animal cull, which resulted in shooting 2,500 camels and hundred feral horses as they were dying of thirst. These were the warmest overnight lows recorded in the month of January anywhere in the world.

As many as a million fish were discovered dead last week along the banks of a major river system in drought-battered eastern Australia, with thousands more found killed some 900 kilometres away in the north of New South Wales on Monday.

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