Temperatures are so hot in some areas that one tradie in Central Queensland was stunned to find his screwdriver "melted" after leaving it out in the sun while he was working. "I’ve just left my screwdriver in the sun here by accident and look how hot it is," he said while showing how the hard plastic handle of his screwdriver had heated up so much it was now soft and bending.
The weather in Queensland's Central Highlands where the tradie was working has been hot all week, and will stay in the mid 30s for at least the next week.
Bushfire warnings as heatwave grips most of Australia
Queensland isn't the only state experiencing scorching conditions, Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, Northern Territory and Western Australia all have been issued heatwave warnings by the Bureau of Meteorology too.
Adelaide is forecast to reach 36 degrees on Friday and Melbourne 34 before a cool change sweeps across the south. Further north western Sydney is expecting 44 on Saturday. A total fire ban is in place for several NSW areas.
South Australia's Country Fire Service (CFS) has issued extreme and catastrophic fire danger alerts for parts of the state due to predicted hazardous weather conditions. "[We're] urging the community to be prepared for what is forecast to be one of the most significant fire weather days in several years," it said in a statement, warning of temperatures in the mid-40s in some regions on Friday accompanied by gusty winds.
It comes after days of extreme heat with one tiny SA town Marree even being the hottest place on Earth for a short time, according to world temperatures site El Dorado Weather, after recording a temperature of 46.4 degrees on Wednesday.
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