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Record-breaking heat scorches southern Australia
Fri Jan 30,

MELBOURNE, Australia – Southern Australia suffered Friday from a record-breaking heat wave that has threatened rural towns with wildfires and sent ambulance crews after heat-stressed patients.

Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city recorded its third consecutive day of temperatures above 43 degrees Celsius (109 F) for the first time since 1855, when record-keeping began, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

The temperature in Melbourne topped 45.1 C (113 F) on Friday ahead of a cooler change that might even bring some thunder showers, the bureau said.

Adelaide, the other major city on the south coast, is expected to match its longest heat wave in a century by Monday, with six consecutive days exceeding 40 C (104 F). The heat there buckled train and tram lines.

The high temperatures have afflicted tennis players and spectators alike this week at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where men's No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic retired ill from a game Tuesday after heat-related complaints.

The retractable roofs on Rod Laver Arena have been closed at least parts of the last three days.

There was controversy Wednesday when they closed the roof during the match between Serena Williams and Svetlana Kutzetsova. The Russian had won the first set, but the break gave Williams time to recover and she rallied to win.

Players complained that it felt like their feet were burning right through their shoes. A bunch of moths that have annoyed the players were basically sizzling and dying within seconds of landing on the broiling court surface.

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria state, where three rural towns were under threat from wildfires spreading quickly in the furnace-like conditions, Country Fire Authority deputy chief fire officer Geoff Conway said.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Richard Carlyon said firefighters will have to wait for rain to dampen the tinder-dry conditions.

State ambulance service chief Greg Sassella said more crews to help people affected by the heat were available on Friday, a day after 1,305 emergency cases were logged — more than double the normal load.

Ambulance services in Adelaide and Melbourne said they were not aware of any deaths caused by the heat.

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This summer will be interesting in the US
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01/30/2009 05:29 PM
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My sentiments it will be interesting. At the moment being froze in here in S of BC is not so bad considering.

Being at the top of the Sonora desert that runs from here to Mexico...it can get bleeding HOT here at 105 F. Then I look forward for days like today


F'n cold ha ha


How hot does it get there?
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My sentiments it will be interesting. At the moment being froze in here in S of BC is not so bad considering.

Being at the top of the Sonora desert that runs from here to Mexico...it can get bleeding HOT here at 105 F. Then I look forward for days like today


F'n cold ha ha


How hot does it get there?
 Quoting: Free Store.

Here in Denver, it has never gone above 105F or below -25F
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The Australians deserve to suffer because they are utterly irrelevant.
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The Australians deserve to suffer because they are utterly irrelevant.
 Quoting: Crocodile Dundee 595534

Well I heard they can eat a spoonful of cement so i wouldn't say that to close to one

ha ha
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Aussies rock, they have GREAT looking women and excellent waves......however the choice in Internet access sux ass.
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People in Adelaide were asked to turn off their air conditioners - because doing so would help the "environment".

Heat related deaths have gone up from 1 a day to 17 per day in that city. Clearly Australians are very obedient towards their bureaucrat masters.
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No Aussies are great people a little more hot spirited.than say your average cool Canadian

Tough skinned like their crocs
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Like America in the 50's
Heaven
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Here on the west coast, we've had a short heat wave, but

its been coolish since then, with some rain and cloudy

conditions since Cyclone Dominic went through up north.

Pretty bloody good, lol.
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People in Adelaide were asked to turn off their air conditioners - because doing so would help the "environment".

Heat related deaths have gone up from 1 a day to 17 per day in that city. Clearly Australians are very obedient towards their bureaucrat masters.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 604382


Well you said two things..If you obey and turn off the air conditioner you may become one of those statistics

My sympathies go out to them..that is a killer of a heat wave
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Like America in the 50's
Heaven
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those were the good days..even the coke cola was real
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This makes me glad that I planned my trip to Australia in April/May when it's fall Down Under...
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Like America in the 50's
Heaven

those were the good days..even the coke cola was real
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LOL no doubt
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Here on the west coast, we've had a short heat wave, but

its been coolish since then, with some rain and cloudy

conditions since Cyclone Dominic went through up north.

Pretty bloody good, lol.
 Quoting: kalamity kool


The coasts are always nicer.must be nice to enjoy the heat and not die in it..here the snow is a few feet deep and frozen hard into ice in some places


sending some your way Whoosh!
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01/30/2009 06:19 PM
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It's hot here, DAMN hot.
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Here on the west coast, we've had a short heat wave, but

its been coolish since then, with some rain and cloudy

conditions since Cyclone Dominic went through up north.

Pretty bloody good, lol.


The coasts are always nicer.must be nice to enjoy the heat and not die in it..here the snow is a few feet deep and frozen hard into ice in some places


sending some your way Whoosh!
 Quoting: Free Store.



Heh, thanks! This morning I can feel the heat building up again.
I often wonder about the people living in such cold climates, if the ice-age sets in, would you move or try to survive?
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Re: Record-breaking heat scorches southern Australia
Here on the west coast, we've had a short heat wave, but

its been coolish since then, with some rain and cloudy

conditions since Cyclone Dominic went through up north.

Pretty bloody good, lol.


The coasts are always nicer.must be nice to enjoy the heat and not die in it..here the snow is a few feet deep and frozen hard into ice in some places


sending some your way Whoosh!



Heh, thanks! This morning I can feel the heat building up again.
I often wonder about the people living in such cold climates, if the ice-age sets in, would you move or try to survive?
 Quoting: kalamity kool

Refrigeration wont be a problem :)
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It's a funny thing about snow and ice

Ice can burn and you can live in a hut built of snow and be quite warm with a fire going

But after things settle down yes i'll be heading straight for Australia!!
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Refrigeration wont be a problem :)
 Quoting: RememberThis


A 12 pack of Kokanee beer will stay cold outside

[link to www.kokaneeglacierbeer.com]
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You know you live near the poles when you ask for a beer and the host opens his back door
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Well I hope the ptb put on extra flights afterwards then..

cold beer is always good (although I've noticed most Europeans don't mind it warm - which makes Aussies suspect them of mental feebleness)

but growing food??
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You know you live near the poles when you ask for a beer and the host opens his back door
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If it gets that cold Santa's workshop is just down the road

He'd be stocked up in coca cola..He is American by the way
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Fishing and hunting
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what about Antarctina weather ?
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Isn't that what Stevie was yelling about as they
were hauling him away? <snicker>
"Life should not be measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
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what about Antarctina weather ?
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Sorry ....Tina left for warmer climes chuckle
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[link to www.antarcticconnection.com]





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