The Bureau of Meteorology confirms extreme temperatures to continue for the next week, and provides a round-up of national temperature records broken during the January heatwave.
Assistant Director of Weather Services, Alasdair Hainsworth, said the heatwave had proven to be every bit as severe as forecast, both in the huge area affected and in the temperatures recorded.
"The cool change across southeastern Australia last night has delivered some relief for southern Australia, but we are by no means through the woods yet, with very hot temperatures forecast for Western Australia today, and building again throughout central Australia," said Mr Hainsworth.
"The late onset of the monsoon, that would bring some relief in the way of cloud cover and rain, has not yet eventuated. As a result extremely hot air masses are developing in the north of the continent and being driven into southern Australia ahead of each cold front.
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