Man dies in Australia wildfires

The first fatality in the Australian wildfires has been confirmed. A man was discovered in a burned out car near Seaton in Victoria, around 120 miles east of Melbourne, police said.

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Family describe how they escaped 'tornadoes of fire'

The Australian grandparents who sheltered with their five young grandchildren in the sea as wildfires ravaged their home have been describing their incredible escape.

Tim and Tammy Holmes initially took shelter on their jetty, and when it went up in flames the pair took all five of the children, including three who could not swim, into the ocean.

Bonnie Walker, the children's parents said she was had braced to lose her children and parents. ITV News correspondent Paul Davies reports:

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Australia's heatwave to continue for the next few days

Australia's extreme and extensive heatwave will continue over the next few days. Four months of dry, hot conditions with a stationary high pressure over the continent and failure of northern monsoon rains have aided the intense heat.

With conditions a little more comfortable during the last day or so, temperatures are set to soar again into the weekend with highs of 45-50C possible across the interior. The record temperature of 51C set in 1960 could well be broken.

The intense heat, tinder dry conditions and brisk winds will exacerbate the already raging forest fires. Added to this, Cyclone Narelle is also set to make landfall on the northwest Cape by the weekend bringing gale force winds and thunderstorms.

Cooler weather helps fire crews battling Australia wildfires

Record temperatures which led wildfires across eastern, northern and central of Australia have cooled, helping firefighters tackling the blazes.

In New South Wales, Australia's most populated state, more than 130 fires are still burning.

New South Wales Premier, Barry O'Farrell, said: ""The crisis isn't over. This fire is still alive."

Meanwhile in Victoria, a 128-year-old historic home, Carngham Station, was burned to the ground after it caught fire from an ember.


Some New South Wales fires could have been deliberate

Weather presenter Magdalena Rose spoke to ITV Daybreak live from Sydney about the wildfires currently burning through Australia.

She called it one of the most 'widespread and persistent heatwaves in history' with the highest temperature reaching 43 degrees celsius.

She added that some fires have even been started deliberately, with three teens in New South Wales being charged over allegedly starting fires.

Brief respite from heat before temperatures rise again

Record breaking daily temperatures across parts of Australia have caused severe wildfires.

Meteorologists have had to redraw temperature scales and introduce new colours to weather forecasting maps.

A wildfire near Deans Gap, Australia, crossing the Princes Highway Credit: AP Photo/NSW Rural Fire Service, James Morris
Plumes of smoke rising from a fire near Cooma, Australia Credit: AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service
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