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Australian heatwave: Bushfires rage as temperatures hit 54

Report & Video by Mark Morris

Temperatures in an Australian outback town have soared above 50 degrees Celsius.

The heatwave in Oodnadatta has forced residents to stay inside, as one woman recorded 54 degrees on her thermometer.

A local official described the heat in the town as "like stepping into an oven."

Temperatures will drop overnight, but only to 34 degrees.

Elsewhere in Australia, bushfires are still raging in North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, where firefighters are doing what they can to get the blazes under control.

Electricity has been cut to parts of the island and generators are being ferried over to provide power.


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