An extreme heatwave has afflicted the nation since Saturday, causing wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said preliminary readings showed daily national temperature highs of 40C.
The town of Noona in New South Wales meanwhile recorded a night-time temperature of 35.9C.
Temperatures on Friday will soar above 42C in "broad areas", the bureau predicted."
Just want to say Stay Safe and try to get some respite from the heat. I'm sure it's not doing the extended drying times in your paints any good..