A man has managed to fry an egg on the footpath amid a heatwave which sent records tumbling.
The experiment captured the egg whites instantly thicken after the shell was cracked open onto a pan heated by the footpath in Dover Gardens, north of Adelaide.
Adelaide city centre’s temperature soared to 46.6C and smashed the state’s 80-year-old record of 46.1C on January 12, 1939.
A man has managed to fry an egg on a footpath after temperatures in Adelaide soared to 46.6C
Adelaide city centre’s temperature soared to 46.6C and smashed the state’s 80-year-old record of 46.1C on January 12, 1939
The horrific heatwave across the state saw more than 15 heat records broken as temperatures reached the high 40s in regional areas.
The warmth will linger in most places into Saturday, making for a sizzling Australia Day holiday weekend.
Thousands of people were without power on Thursday morning and will have to wait for hours until the problem can be fixed.
Adelaide Airport beat its 2013 record of 44.1C as it hit a historic high of 44.3C.
Mildura is currently the hottest place in Victoria as it reached a sweltering 41.4C.
Bureau of Meteorology emergency services meteorologist Jonathan Fischer said the South Australian heatwave was ‘severe’.
‘Nowhere is going to escape the heat [on Thursday],’ he said.
‘It’s fair to say we will see records broken . . . with many locations forecast to be near their maximum all-time record.’
Firefighters were on high alert in both Victoria and South Australia, with total fire bans across much of both states.
Adelaide Airport beat its 2013 record of 44.1C as it hit a historic high of 44.3C. Pictured: Extreme heat shown on the map in black
South Australia and Victoria experienced sweltering temperatures on Thursday. Pictured: Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
Doctors will delay non-emergency surgeries at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide in order to prioritise patients affected by the severe heat.
Victoria’s two biggest power stations were running at reduced capacity, Nine News reported.
The Australian Energy Market Operator has issued a level three ‘lack of reserve’ notice – the highest possible – while there could be cuts to households and businesses in order to preserve energy.
Back-up supplies including diesel generators could also be employed as part of desperate measures to maintain the power supply.
Paramedics were expecting a busy day in both Victoria and South Australia, and the State Emergency Service issued warnings for people to take care and avoid harm during the heat.
Beachgoers are seen at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide on Thursday. Adelaide exceeded its 80-year-old heat record this week
Bureau of Meteorology emergency services meteorologist Jonathan Fischer said the South Australian heatwave was ‘severe’
‘Babies and young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those who are already unwell are especially at risk, but in an extreme heatwave, even healthy people who do not take action to keep cool can become very ill,’ advice from the South Australia SES reads.
Melbourne will swelter through its hottest night in a year with the temperature dropping to just 29C, before hitting a top of 43C on Friday.
A cool change is expected late on Friday, but it will bring gusts of up to 80km/h, thunderstorms and increased fire risk.
Meanwhile, about 50 fires continued to burn in Tasmania, destroying 55,000 hectares of bush.
In NSW, 70 fires – 20 of them uncontained – were active, while Victoria had issued a total fire ban across the state.
Beachgoers are seen jumping off a jetty at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide on Thursday
Firefighters are on high alert in both Victoria and South Australia, with total fire bans in place across much of both states
Four-day weather forecast
Thursday: Min 21, Max 26, cloudy
Friday: Min 21, Max 30, partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 23, Max 33, sunny
Sunday: Min 23, Max 31, possible shower
Thursday: Min 18, Max 36, hot humid, sunny afternoon
Friday: Min 29, Max 43, windy, afternoon cool change
Saturday: Min 19, Max 27, possible shower
Sunday: Min 17, Max 25, partly cloudy
Thursday: Min 23, Max 34, partly cloudy
Friday: Min 23, Max 32, partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 23, Max 32, partly cloudy
Sunday: Min 22, Max 33, mostly sunny
Thursday: Min 16, Max 32, partly cloudy
Friday: Min 16, Max 38, hot and sunny
Saturday: Min 21, Max 39, hot partly, cloudy
Sunday: Min 21, Max 34, shower or two
Thursday: Min 15, Max 22, shower or two clearing
Friday: Min 12, Max 27, sunny
Saturday: Min 15, Max 32, sunny
Sunday: Min 17, Max 34, sunny
Thursday: Min 28, Max 45, very hot sunny
Friday: Min 25, Max 31, partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 18, Max 30, partly cloudy
Sunday: Min 16, Max 27, partly cloudy
Thursday: Min 12, Max 27, mostly sunny
Friday: Min 20, Max 37, hot, partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 17, Max 24, late shower or two
Sunday: Min 14, Max 23, partly cloudy
Thursday: Min 24, Max 32, rain, storm likely
Friday: Min 25, Max 32, shower or two, storm likely
Saturday: Min 25, Max 32, shower or two, storm likely
Sunday: Min 25, Max 32, shower or two, storm likely
Source: Bureau of Meteorology