Southern Australia endures worst heatwave for 150 years
The worst heatwave in over 150 years has hit Southern Australia, causing 19 deaths and raising the risk of bushfires across the country.
For the past three days, the temperature has hit higher than 109F, which is 43C; the last time this happened was in 1855. This has been likened to a natural disaster as this is really extreme weather caused by climate change. It is just like the severe drought in Argentina right now, or the ice storms in Kentucky.
Bushfires are also increasing across the country as everything is just so dry and the winds have picked up. The increase in the use of air conditioners caused a breakdown in the Melbourne's electricity grid and as a result, half a million people lost power to their homes.
The damage so far is estimated at about 100,000 Australian dollars.
On Friday night more than 200 people escaped the sweltering heat by attending a new cinema where an inflatable screen had been set up next to an outdoor swimming people - allowing viewers to cool off as they enjoyed the Will Smith film Hancock.
Some benevolent companies offered to let their employees leave early, but in a rare exhibition of presenteeism in January, workers decided to linger in their air-conditioned offices rather than take their chances on the baking streets below.
At least 19 people have died from the heat so far, and most of those people were elderly. Children are also at risk too.
This weather is expected to continue for the next seven days at least.