Despite experts predicting a drop in temperatures in parts of Australia, the country remains in the grip of one of its worst heatwaves on record.
The extreme weather has seen a spate of sudden deaths and authorities have also been struggling to contain bushfires. In the state of Victoria, fires have destroyed many homes. One woman whose house was burnt down stood among the charred remains. She said: ‘‘That was a part of the circular lounge and the bathrooms were here somewhere and over there. Seeing it so black, just nothing.’‘ Dubbed a ‘once in a century event’, more than 30 people are thought to have died from the heat, as temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius. In the capital, Canberra, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been doing his bit to help those suffering most from the conditions. The Red Cross is also getting in on the act. It is warning people about heat stroke and authorities are sending thousands of text messages advising people to drink water and to stay indoors. Weather forecasters are predicting a fall in temperatures soon.