Australia has just sweltered through at least five of its 10 warmest days on record, authorities estimate.

The BBC said in a report, that an extreme heatwave has afflicted the nation since Saturday, causing wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said preliminary readings showed daily national temperature highs of 40C.

The town of Noona in New South Wales meanwhile recorded a night-time temperature of 35.9C.

The hottest day on record for Australia is 7 January 2013, when the national average maximum temperature was 40.3C.

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