Brief respite from heat before temperatures rise again

ABC News reports that the state of New South Wales should see a brief respite from the heat today but temperatures are due to climb again at the weekend.

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


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.