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The Heatwave Australia is NOT Ready for: Thousands of Homes Blacked Out in Melbourne as Air-con Demand Pushes Grid to Breaking Point in 40C Temperatures

The extreme heatwave in southern Australia has caused blackouts and left thousands of homes in Melbourne without power.

More than 3000 homes in the city lost power as the heatwave took a grip on Melbourne and Adelaide, where temperatures passed 40C.

 Sydney was forecast to get its hit on Sunday, with the city expected to reach 38C and over 40C in the western suburbs.

The intense temperatures drove many people to the coast and to seek out a refreshing beverage

While bushfires were breaking out in Melbourne’s southeast and western suburbs, some residents were relaxing on the beach

Melbourne beaches were packed on the first Saturday in January as sweltering heat hit the city

Melbourne beaches were packed on the first Saturday in January as sweltering heat hit the city

The extreme heatwave in southern Australia has caused blackouts and left thousands of homes in Melbourne without power

More than 3000 homes in the city are without power as the heatwave continues

Temperatures are expected to reach 40C in both Sydney and Melbourne, and a total fire ban has been issued for Victoria

Temperatures are expected to reach 40C in both Sydney and Melbourne, and a total fire ban has been issued for Victoria

People have flocked to the beach to make the most of the warm weather in Melbourne

People have flocked to the beach to make the most of the warm weather in Melbourne

Punters queue up for an ice cream as a way to cool off during the heatwave

Beachgoers take shade as the extreme heat hits Melbourne

Beachgoers take shade as the extreme heat hits Melbourne

A heatwave has made its way across Australia and is roasting southern Australia

A heatwave has made its way across Australia and is roasting southern Australia

A 10km stretch of the Hume Highway, which runs between Sydney and Melbourne, has also begun to melt as a result of the heat.

More than 2300 homes in Caroline Springs in Melbourne’s west suffered power failures as air-conditioning demand soared, while Taylors Hill, Ravenhall, Burnside and Truganina were also affected.

About 450 homes in Warrandyte and Kangaroo also lost power.

A fire broke out at a home in Carrum Downs, Melbourne as emergency services battled bushfires in the area.

A Powercor spokeswoman told news.com.au crews are working to restore the power, but the cause of the outage is unknown.

It was the hottest day to hit the state in two years, and it began at a scorching 31C at 9am.

Beaches were packed across the city on Saturday

Beaches were packed across the city on Saturday

It is the hottest day to hit the state in two years, and it began at a scorching 31C at 9am

It is the hottest day to hit the state in two years, and it began at a scorching 31C at 9am

The temperature in the city reached 37C at 1pm as parts of Victoria hit more than 40C

The temperature in the city reached 37C at 1pm as parts of Victoria hit more than 40C

The hot weather continued in Melbourne until 10pm on Saturday night when a welcome cool change arrived.

Temperatures in the Victorian state capital were forecast to only reach 21 on Sunday – a full 20 degrees lower than Saturday.

The warm temperatures are expected to last into the evening in Melbourne

Melburnians are pictured relaxing on board a boat as the city deals with an intense heatwave

The national capital Canberra, which normally escapes the extreme summer weather, also suffered on Saturday as temperatures passed 38C.

Parts of South Australia reached 46 degrees on Saturday, with 41 in the capital city Adelaide.

A man feeds seagulls at a beach in Melbourne

A man feeds seagulls at a beach in Melbourne

The hot weather is expected to continue in Melbourne until 10pm on Saturday night.

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