A record-breaking heatwave has been scorching the Land Down Under for more than a week now, which is forcing people to head towards the beach to cool off. Also, a tropical low has formed off the coast of far north Queensland which the weather bureau says has a moderate chance of developing into a cyclone over the next few days.
Temperatures have soared over 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) from Western Australia down through the sparsely populated central desert into the populous eastern seaboard states for seven days, with the weather bureau predicting the heat to continue after a brief New Year’s Eve respite.
At the Kulgera Road House, near the center of Australia where the nearest town has a population of just 15, the temperature was so high the petrol pumps seized up.
“It’s so hot the fuel doesn’t flow,” said Shelley Safran, the acting manager, by telephone.