SYDNEY – The dangerous heat is roasting parts of Australia with temperatures that have not been seen in decades.
The temperature in Sydney peaked at almost 80 years at 47.3 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) on Sunday – a sharp contrast to the bitter cold that gripped much of the US. UU
The temperature was just below the city's historic maximum of 47.8 C (118 F), set in 1939.
Deputy Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Catherine Burn said the heat wave plan of the state had been activated to respond to "severe to extreme heat conditions".
Thousands of people were left without electricity and total fire bans were established when officials warned of a serious danger.
Residents were urged to drink extra water and limit their time outdoors due to air pollution resulting from the hot weather.