Australia: Heatwave hits, temperatures roar to 47 degrees

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Australia is sweltering today under an intense heatwave with temperatures in the mid to late 40s...Celsius. 

Our friends at Weatherzone in Australia have been tweeting the big headlines this afternoon:

  • Penrith has had its hottest day in at least 23 years, reaching 46.9 degrees, 18 degrees above average
  • Forbes in scorched by hottest day in 135 years, reaching 46.5 degrees
  • Canberra now having hottest spell in 50 years, exceeding 41 degrees for two days running

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Temperatures as of 6:40pm NZT, thanks to Wunderground community data network