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Australia wilts in heat wave

Animals dying; temperatures are above 120

CANBERRA, Australia — Bats are dropping from trees, kangaroos are collapsing in the Outback, and gardens are turning brown. While North America freezes under record polar temperatures, the southern hemisphere is experiencing the opposite extreme as heat records are being set in Australia after the hottest year ever.

Weather forecasters in Australia said some parts of the sparsely populated Pilbara region along the rugged northwest coast were approaching 122 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. The record high of 123.3 degrees was set in 1960 in Oodnadatta, South Australia.

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