Temperature hits all-time record in Sydney

A revised Australian Bureau of Meteorology Interactive Weather and Wave Forecast Map shows deeper colours added to reflect the ever-incresing intensity of heat in the country. Photo: EPA

Temperatures in Sydney hit their highest level on record on Friday, with the mercury in Australia’s biggest city reaching 45.8 degrees Celsius in the mid-afternoon.

Friday, 18 January, 2013, 4:56pm

Briefs, January 11, 2013

A family in Amman, Jordan, braves the storm. Photo: Xinhua

Firefighters face fresh heatwave in Australia

11 Jan 2013 - 6:42am

Tennis stars sweat out matches in Sydney International 'sauna'

Caroline Wozniacki cools off during a match. Photo: Reuters

World No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska said it was "too hot to play tennis" and China's Li Na said it was like a sauna as the Sydney International was hit by a searing heatwave yesterday.

Poland's Radwanska, who reached last year's Wimbledon final, battled fearsome temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius to brush past Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4, 6-3.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Bush fires destroy dozens of homes during record heatwave in Tasmania

Bush fire smoke billows over a beach at Carlton, east of Hobart, as fires gutted at least 80 buildings on the Tasman Peninsula. Photo: Reuters

Thousands fled bush fires raging on Australia's island state of Tasmania that have destroyed at least 80 properties. Police were yesterday trying to confirm reports of deaths in the fires.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:00am