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In pictures: Australia's heatwave

Beachgoers paddle at Brighton Beach, Melbourne

This week, many parts of southern Australia have been experiencing an intense heatwave, with temperatures soaring to 46C.

Man and woman in St Kilda Beach in Melbourne.

The baking heat has encouraged many to take to the beach and soak up the rays.

An Adleaide woman gives Buster the Koala a drink of water

While others have been ensuring Australia's flora and fauna survive the weather.

Fans at the Australian Open in Melbourne

Players and fans at the Australian Open tennis tournament did their best to keep cool.

Fire

But the heat has brought with it raging bush fires, which have already destroyed homes and buildings in the region.

A woman in Melbourne

Transport networks and power supplies have also been disrupted, keeping people away from the cities.



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