30 Jan 2009

Temperatures run high in Adelaide

6:31 am on 30 January 2009

Heatwaves are hammering Australia.

Soaring temperatures in Melbourne have made tennis players struggle in the Australian Open and now Adelaide is sweltering.

The ABC reports temperatures have topped 40 degrees for several days, with the city recording its highest temperature in 70 years on Wednesday - 45.7 degrees.

On Thursday, the maximum temperature in Adelaide reached 43.2 degrees, after the city recorded its hottest overnight temperature of 33.9.

It was the third consecutive day of temperatures above 40 degrees - a trend that is expected to continue until at least Monday.

The South Australian Government has held a special Cabinet meeting to look at the state's energy use, bushfire threat and public heath.

Power supplies have been affected by the heat. SA Water says water consumption in metropolitan Adelaide in the past 24 hours was about 795 million litres.