Power outages and rescue calls as severe heat wave grips Australia

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Stay safe, guys!

Australia is about to be hit with a severe heatwave as parts of the country will reach the mid-40s. 

Adelaide is set to be the hottest capital city today with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe heatwave warning for areas north of the city.

Temperatures will sit around 40˚ today and tomorrow in Adelaide and the minimum temps will sit eight degrees higher than normal. 

Queensland is also about to be hit with a heatwave starting on Saturday. Weatherzone’s Joel Pippard told 9 News:

"From the weekend, we’re expecting severe heatwaves conditions to develop through a lot of Queensland… It will be extreme in some parts."

"That includes Sunshine Coast all the way up to Mackay and inland all the way to the border."

In Sydney, Penrith is set to reach the high 30s to 40s will stick around until Sunday. In the city, a sea breeze will keep the heat to just below 30˚. Melbourne will also see a top of around 29˚. 

In Perth, there’s still no rain forecast unfortunately, Pippard said:

"No rain has been recorded for three weeks and is unlikely to be for the coming week.”

"It's likely to be the longest dry spell since April last year when not a single drop was recorded for the whole month."

South Australian paramedic Anthony Pryzibilla said:

"Our main concern are the vulnerable in the community… We know from our experience day three or four of a heatwave, we start seeing an increased workload."

"People need to wise and concentrate on their hydration. Elderly people, people with preexisting medical conditions, homeless people and people in low-cost housing.

"Obviously these people are most at risk during these hot days."

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