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Australia's heatwave begins to bite with 49C

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Marble Bar
Australia   Marble Bar is one of Australia's hottest towns

Australia's hottest town recorded 49C as the nation battles a blistering heatwave.

Marble Bar, north-western Western Australia, has built its reputation as one of Australia's hottest towns - which was literally the case on Thursday.

The minuscule town with the population of 174 residents recorded 48.4C at just 11am.

The Bureau of Meteorology said temperatures peaked at 49.1C in Marble Bar, while large parts of the country continue to swelter through heatwaves.

"Heatwave conditions occur when both maximum and minimum temperatures remain well above average for the time of year," the Bureau said.

The mercury hit 46.8C in Port Augusta and Whyalla, South Australia's mid north region.


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