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Heatwave Grips Parts Of Southeastern Australia

posted 16 Jan 2014, 09:00 by Mpelembe   [ updated 16 Jan 2014, 09:00 ]

Parts of south-eastern Australia swelter in a heatwave ,with the city of Melbourneforecast to hit 42 degrees Celsius, and Adelaide reaching 45 degrees Celcius.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 16, 2014) (NINE NETWORK) - Parts of southeastern Australia sweltered in a heatwave on Thursday (January 16) with the city of Melbourne peaking at 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit), and Adelaide reaching 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).

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Tourists and residents took respite where ever they could, under sprinklers, or at the beach. Even the animals at Adelaide Zoo were given cold treats.

"It's hot. I'm struggling, I need a beer, I need to sit down," said an unidentified woman.

For some, the heat was too much and they had to be seen by paramedics.

"They can suffer heat stroke , dehydration, vomiting and sometimes can lead to shock," warned an unidentified Victorian Ambulance officer.

The privately run Climate Council, which includes former members of a government-funded climate change watchdog shut by Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative government last year, warned in a report that Australia had only begun to feel the impact of climate change.

"This is part of a longer term upwards trend and we know the physics of why this occurring. It's simply because we're stacking more heat in the lower atmosphere," said Will Stefan, co-author of the report.

The Australian Open tennis in Melbourne was called to a halt on day four of the tournament as officials enacted the third stage of "Extreme Heat Policy".