- Parts of Australia's east including Sydney recorded their hottest day in more than two years on Monday with temperatures hitting more than 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
- Firefighters are working to contain nearly 40 bushfires across New South Wales.
- One fire near Mudgee is at emergency warning level and emergency crews urged residents to seek shelter.
- Total fire bans are now in place for multiple regions across most of New South Wales with 35 public schools closed due to the severe heat.
Sydney swelters through autumn heatwave, bushfire threat looms
Record temperatures across Australia's east coast have raised the risk of bushfires. Total fire bans are in place and 35 public schools have been closed due to the severe heat.