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Australia heatwave: Air-con surge puts pressure on power grid

16 January 2014 Last updated at 11:31 GMT

The lord mayor of Adelaide says partial power grid shutdowns are being initiated because of a surge in air conditioner use during the Australian heat wave.

Soaring temperatures also halted matches at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

Thursday saw a third consecutive day of heat above 40C, with temperatures of 41.7C (107F).

Adelaide's Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said pressure on the power grid meant temporary shutdowns for some suburbs.

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