Free beer as heat makes some batty

World | 25 Jan 2019

Temperatures in southern Australia topped 49.5 degrees Celsius yesterday, shattering an 80-year high as citizens got free beer and heat-stressed bats fell from trees.

It was 47.7 degrees in Adelaide and hottest north of the city.

More than 13 towns across the south have smashed their own heat records.

Authorities were also forced to issue a public warning to avoid contact with hundreds of heat-stressed bats falling from trees.

More than 50 feral horses had to be culled in central areas.

Meanwhile, a total fire ban was issued further south in Tasmania, where authorities continued to battle blazes.

Parts of the southeastern state of Victoria were also sweltering through temperatures above 40 degrees.

The soaring temperatures follow a heatwave last week that saw Australian towns among the hottest places on Earth.

Agence France-Presse

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