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Heat Wave! Record Highs Burn Australia

The Midwest might be suffering from severe Winter storms and power outages, but Down Under record-high temperatures are torturing rural towns with wild fires, and Australian Open tennis players and spectators with heat stroke. In Melbourne, temperatures reached 113 F° (45.1°C), marking the third consecutive day with temperatures over 109°F (43°C).

The conditions have been described as furnace-like, and the professional tennis players in town have quicker feet than usual — they say their feet feel like they're burning through their shoes.

If it's chilly in your neck of the woods, these pics from Australia will surely warm you up!


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kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I'm not a Australian Sugar, but I'm a NZ one, and this is news because as flyingroo said, it's not normal! Sure, it's summer, but these are some of the highest temperatures ever!
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
For those saying it's summer in Australia and it's normal to be hot - those are not normal summer temperatures, not even in Oz and especially not in Melbourne. And for those who might say that Arizona in summer has temps like that too, I want to remind them that Arizona does not have a 99-100% humidity at the same time.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I agree that I like the women's bodies in tennis... ;)
CheapYetChic CheapYetChic 8 years
And couldn't we have gotten a pic of Fernando Verdasco? He played for over 5 hours in the heat and never even messed up his hair! The bodies in tennis are the best in any sport, if you ask me... men and women alike.
CheapYetChic CheapYetChic 8 years
Djokovic lost because he's not in good enough shape and/or he didn't prepare properly. No reason to feel bad for him about that... especially since he quits matches fairly often in comparison to other top contenders. And tennis courts get insanely hot when the sun beats down on them. I've played in 90 degrees and felt like my shoes would melt... the on-court temperature for some matches was above 120, so I have no doubt they could feel the heat coming through their shoes.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Wow. I couldn't do it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I'm in Phoenix right now chatondeneige and although I'll be safely back in the Bay Area before the heat hits I do remember a certain 121 degree day in the Summer of 1986 very well. I like dry heat though it's the hummid heat that gets me.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Colleeninator, I grew up in Phoenix, and I also had to laugh at the "My feet are being burned through my shoes!" comments. If you don't like the heat, get out of Australia!
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
Thank you chaton. LOL I'm actually ashamed of myself. I know you weren't complimenting me, but hey, LOL
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
LOL Clara
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
I live in Texas, those kinds of temperatures are completely normal during our summer. It feels like their feet are burning through their shoes? Wusses.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Petty AND unnecessary! Well done.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
Petty comment of the day - only ONE of those women "should" wear a bikini. LOL
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:o Hypno! :ROTFL:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Last time I saw a man in knee pads it was hot too
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Have fun Myst!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
good luck!
Myst Myst 8 years
Aww from Miami to Jersey... I pity you Momma..I'll take the heat anytime and any day. Well ladies and gents.. my flight is being called. Hope everyone have a great weekend :D
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Why is the fact that it's summer on the southern half of the world news? I think summer happens there every year, but an Aussie Sugar can correct me if summer is some sort of oddity there.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:( I guess I should say I WAS a miami chic. I live in Jersey now but I grew up in miami (kendall).
Myst Myst 8 years
ooh where in Miami are you Tikita? I live in West Palm
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Im a miami chic..I survive in hot weather not this jersey weather..ugg.
Myst Myst 8 years
Thanks, bellaressa.. I love Tampa but I'm more excited to be hitting up Ybor than the Superbowl for whatever odd reason, I'm not really excited to be going this year since I don't care for either teams
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Poor Djokovic had to forefit out of his ranking in the Aussie Open... so sad!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
ohh wow. Be safe, myst!
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