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In pictures: How Australians are enduring record heat

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Australia has experienced a fortnight of extreme heat that has toppled records across the nation - and pushed people and animals to the limit.

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image captionAdelaide reached 47.7C (117F) on Thursday - its hottest-ever temperature - prompting many to try to cool themselves at the beach.
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image captionAdelaide local Andrew Correll said this kangaroo turned up at his property. He poured water on it hourly as it sought shade.
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image captionMany species around the country have struggled, with some animals becoming too hot or dehydrated to survive.
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image captionIn Tasmania, fire crews have battled more than 50 bushfires fuelled by dry conditions and strong winds.
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image captionSeveral towns were told to evacuate as the blazes threatened homes. Some fires burned in areas that were accessible only from the air.
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image captionSeveral tennis matches at the Australian Open in Melbourne were suspended, as some spectators took advantage of cooling fountains.
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image captionMeanwhile, animals at Adelaide Zoo were given ice blocks and other treats to avoid heat stress.
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image captionOthers scored regular baths, zookeepers said.
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image captionPeople also flocked to beaches in Sydney, although Australia's biggest city has been spared some of the worst heat.
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image captionThis January has seen Australia experience at least five of its 10 warmest days on record, meteorologists say.

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