By The Associated Press Fri., Jan. 25, 2019 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—Scorching heat knocked out power to homes and businesses, raised wildfire risks and sent tennis fans looking for water and shade Friday in Australia’s second-largest city, which recorded its hottest day in five years. Melbourne reached 42.8 C by early afternoon before a sudden cooldown, though the outskirts of the city remained hot, with the airport recording 46 C. It was the hottest day since 2014 in the Victoria state capital, which has a population of 5 million. The power grid began load sharing as temperatures climbed in the early afternoon, with 30,000 households and businesses at a time being switched off for as long as two hours so that supply could keep up with demand. But by late afternoon, the state’s power generation was able to meet demand, Victoria Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said. “The situation changed very, very quickly,” she told reporters. “People should be rightly disappointed that the power grid was not up to the task today.” Article Continued Below Scores of wildfires are raging in heatwave conditions across much of drought-parched southeast Australia, with authorities warning the fire risk is high. Adelaide, 640 kilometres west of Melbourne,… Read full this story
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