'Most widespread snow in years' coming, Aldi recalls kitchen staple: Australia news live

Plus there are fears for residents living near a fire that continues to burn in Melbourne.

A big dumping of snow is coming for southeast Australia. Source: Weatherzone
A big dumping of snow is coming for southeast Australia. Source: Weatherzone

Yahoo's live news blog for Thursday, July 11 has now concluded.

There are fears surrounding waterways have been contaminated after a giant chemical blaze in Melbourne's west, with the fire expected to burn for days.

Millions of Australians are being told to brace for chilly weather as a cold front sweeps across the country. Read more here.

There's a big dumping of snow coming for southeast Australia thanks to a cold snap sweeping across the country.

Aldi has recalled sesame seeds due to salmonella contamination. Read more below.

And while there's been plenty of talk about a pint of beer reaching $20, there are now predictions a cup of coffee will reach the staggering heights of $10.

Follow along as we bring you regular updates throughout the day.

  • Bodies of woman, girl found in home

    The bodies of a woman and girl have been found in a Sydney home, police have just revealed.

    Officers were called to a Marsfield home this morning over concerns for the welfare of those inside.

    Police found the bodies of a woman believed to be in her 50s and a girl believed to be in her teens.

    Investigations have commenced.

  • Warning over immediate symptoms from huge fire

    Residents near the giant chemical fire in Melbourne's west could have an immediate impact from the smoke, experts have warned.

    “Fire smoke from factory fires often contains many chemicals and noxious fumes which can be highly irritating to the eyes, nose and airways of people who are exposed even for periods under one hour," Professor Christine Jenkins, researcher in respiratory medicine at UNSW said.

    "Immediate symptoms such as cough are often accompanied by intense nose and eye watering, which can continue for many hours afterwards."

    The blaze continues to burn after starting on Wednesday. Source: X/ NCA NewsWire
    The blaze continues to burn after starting on Wednesday. Source: X/ NCA NewsWire
  • Brutal US heatwave sees temperatures 'hit 55C'

    Over to the US now where parts of the country are enduring a brutal heatwave.

    Las Vegas has just recorded five consecutive days over 46C, with forecasters saying it's the "most extreme" conditions the areas has faced, AP reported.

    And over the border into California, Death Valley, notorious for its extreme heat, reached an astonishing 55C, according to unofficial temperature sensor.

    Tourists flocked to the site this week to get a picture with the famous big thermometer.

    “It like a wave that hits when you get out of the car, but it’s a very dry heat. So it’s not as in Europe,' one tourist told AP.

    Melissa Bolding and Bryan Bolding from Oklahoma City pose for a photo next to a thermometer displaying a temperature of 132 degrees Fahrenheit / 55 degrees Celsius at the Furnace Creek Visitors Center, in Death Valley National Park, Calif., Sunday, July 7, 2024. Forecasters said a heat wave could break previous records across the U.S., including at Death Valley. (AP Photo/Ty ONeil)
    Tourists pose with the unofficial big thermometer in Death Valley. Source: AP
  • 'Most widespread snow in years' coming

    Plenty of you have been complaining about the chilly mornings, but it's about to get a lot worse.

    A polar air mass is expected this weekend and into next week, spreading over southeast Australia.

    With it, there'll be significant snowfall outside of the alps from Tasmania to northern NSW, Weatherzone reports.

    ABC meteorologist Tom Saunders siad the snow will be the "most widespread in years".

  • George Clooney's brutal Joe Biden call

    For those who are more familiar with US celebrities than the country's lawmakers, the words of one Hollywood star might have a bit more weight to it than the handful of Democrats calling for US President Joe Biden to step aside ahead of the nation's election.

    George Clooney was with Biden just last month and has now given a damning assessment of his mental sharpness.

    "It's devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fundraiser was not the Joe "big F-ing deal" Biden of 2010," he said in an opinion piece for the New York Times.

    "He wasn't even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate."

    While praising Biden for his achievements throughout his political career, he said he feared the Democrats would not win the election if he was at the helm.

    It's a brutal blow for Biden, 81, with Clooney a lifelong Democrat and one of the party's biggest fundraisers.

    Biden's disastrous performance at the presidential debate has raised serious questions about how fit he is for a second term, however he has remained defiant, insisting he is the right man to take on Donald Trump.

  • Eels on a plane wreak havoc at international airport

    What on earth is going on here then?

    A bunch of eels were left scattered across the tarmac at Vancouver Airport last Sunday, with the airline confirming to local media a box carrying them had spilled during unloading.

    Air Canada Cargo stressed the live eels were collected and repackaged, CBC reported.

  • Kitchen staple sold at Aldi recalled

    Sesame seeds sold at Aldi across three states have been recalled over salmonella contamination.

    The affected Stonemill product was sold in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The full details can be found in the post below.

  • BBC commentator's wife and two daughters killed in their home

    A man wanted in connection with the suspected murder of three women killed in a crossbow attack at their UK home has been detained by police.

    Kyle Clifford, 26, was detained by police in a cemetery in London's Enfield, some 24 hours after the wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt were discovered dead in what police described as a targeted attack.

    As part of a note sent to BBC 5 Live staff on Wednesday, the organisation said it would provide Mr Hunt with “all the support we can” after the killings of Carol Hunt and her two daughters Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

    Read more from Yahoo UK here.

    L-R: Hannah Hunt, Carol Hunt and Louise Hunt. (Facebook)
    L-R: Hannah Hunt, Carol Hunt and Louise Hunt. (Facebook)
  • Dad charged with triple murder over death of his three children

    A father who allegedly stopped his family being rescued from their burning home has been charged with murdering three of his children.

    The 28-year-old is due to face a bedside court hearing on Thursday after initially being left in a coma following the blaze at his home at Lalor Park, in Sydney's west.

    Three of his children, aged six, two and five months, died in the fire on Sunday, while three others were hospitalised.

    The man has been charged with three counts of domestic violence-related murder and a further five counts of attempted murder.

    The attempted murder charges relate to four other children and the man's 29-year-old partner, all of whom survived.

    The man is also accused of destroying or damaging property with the intent of endangering life.

    Homicide detectives allege he tried to stop people entering the burning home to rescue the children after starting the fire.

    The man is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday from his bed at Westmead Hospital.

    - aap

  • Missed chance for Alex de Minaur

    Australians were devastated to learn of Alex de Minaur's withdrawal from Wimbledon due to injury, but no one will be more frustrated than the man himself.

    Former Aussie star Pat Cash says the injury will be even more disappointing due to the doubts about his Quarter-final opponent's own fitness.

    "Obviously, he was playing Novak Djokovic, but there is a question about Djokovic's fitness, so you think this is possibly the best opportunity Alex would have to go further … you could see how devastated he was,' Cash told the BBC.

    De Minaur's face said it all at a press conference. Source: Wimbledon
    De Minaur's face said it all at a press conference. Source: Wimbledon
  • Cup of coffee could hit $10, Aussies warned

    The cost-of-living crisis shows no sign of slowing down and your cup of coffee could be the next victim.

    With rising business costs, the chief executive of Independent Food Distributors Australia, Richard Forbes, believes just like a pint of beer, the price of a coffee could soon reach an undesirable juncture.

    “We can see it getting to a point of a $10 cup of coffee if things don’t improve … and if things aren’t done to stabilise the cost of business,' he told news.com.au.

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