Lonely Planet Writer

In pictures: Melbourne sizzles in temperatures of 40 degrees as heatwave hits

While temperatures have dropped drastically in many cities around the world in the past two weeks, the same cannot be said for Melbourne and the east coast of Australia, which is experiencing a scorching heatwave at the moment.

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A father and daughter jump off the pier at South Melbourne. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images
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Beach goers enjoy the atmosphere with a hit of tennis. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images
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Two men have a chat on the boardwalk in Melbourne. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

This week has seen temperatures reaching above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across different areas of country, which has led to many tourists and locals flocking to the beach in an effort to cool off. While Europeans are battling freezing temperatures, images show people in Melbourne playing beach tennis, swimming and enjoying seafood snacks by the water at South Melbourne Beach. The city of Melbourne is also hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament at the moment which will run until 29 January.

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A group of friends jump off the pier at South Melbourne Beach. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images
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A man takes a dip in the ocean to cool off in Melbourne. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images
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This week has seen temperatures reaching above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across different areas of country. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Last week saw Sydney experiencing the hottest night of any January since city weather records began, but temperatures are expected to drop slightly throughout the next week.

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Temperatures are expected to fall slightly throughout the next week. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images
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A paddle boarder and his dog enjoy some time on the open water. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images
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A beach goer shells his mussels taken from the piers pylons at South Melbourne Beach. Image by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

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