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Record temperatures help California wildfires spread as areas are evacuated

Firefighters battle through Oroville, California in Oroville
Firefighters battle through Oroville, California
Record-breaking temperatures have fuelled the spread of California wildfires as the mercury hit a sweltering 98F (36.6C) in Los Angeles.
It was the hottest in LA since the previous record of 95F (35C) was set 131 years ago.
Two wildfires have spread rapidly and threatened hundreds of homes, forcing evacuations at a lakeside camping ground and a summer camp where children and staff were temporarily trapped.
The blaze that broke out early on Saturday afternoon in California’s Santa Barbara County spread to both sides of Highway 154 and was “completely out of control”, county fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said.
A car is engulfed in flames in Oroville
A car is engulfed in flames in Oroville
Temperatures of up to 110F (43C) were predicted by forecasters for some inland areas and there were warnings that the elderly, children and outdoor workers could be at risk.
The heat and dry gusts helped fan more wildfires in Santa Barbara that spread over 30 square miles during an eight-hour period and forced the evacuation of about 200 homes in a rural area east of Santa Maria.
After five years of severe drought, California had record rainfall and snowfall in parts of the state this year which delayed the start of fire season in some areas.
However, this has also led to increased vegetation growth that could fuel future blazes.
In Northern California, a wildfire in Butte County spread through grassy foothills south of Oroville and destroyed 10 structures, including homes, with several people suffering minor injuries.
Motorists drive past the flames
Motorists drive past the flames
Evacuation orders were lifted in Colorado and Montana towns threatened by wildfires, as air and ground crews battled a growing grass fire in northwestern Colorado.
In Colorado, residents of nearly 500 homes outside the ski town of Breckenridge were allowed to return home on Friday night.
An evacuation order was lifted in Landusky, Montana, in the Little Rocky Mountains south of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
A wildfire in southern Wyoming spread over three miles and an unknown number of cabins remained under evacuation orders.
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Record Xmas Heatwave Strikes Adelaide, Australia

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Adelaide is having its hottest Christmas Day in decades and has become the hottest capital city in Australia.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the temperature in the South Australian city reached 41.3C (106.3F) at 3.50pm.
“The last time when we had about 40C on Christmas Day was in 1945 and the temperature back then was 40.1C, so we’ve broken that record,” forecaster Kenneth Cheung told AAP.
Beach goers – in Adelaide and other parts of the country – posted pictures of themselves sunbathing and trying to cool off in the water as a heatwave affected large parts of southern and eastern Australia.
Melbourne recorded a maximum temperature of 36.3C, which was the hottest Christmas since 1998, according to local news reports.
In Sydney, with a comparatively mild 27.4C, many crowded the popular Bondi Beach outside Australia’s largest city.
Earlier this month, Sydney sweltered through its hottest December night in 148 years: 27.1C on 14 December.
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Coldest September in 50 years in Brazil

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Such low temperatures were not recorded in MS since 1966, when it began measurements in the state
The entry of a polar cold air mass led up to the central part of Brazil. In Mato Grosso do Sul, five cities recorded frosts this holiday. They were: Amambai – with the lowest value, according to the National Institute of Meteorology, with 2.2 degrees – Juti, Ponta Pora, Puerto Mutinho and Seven Falls.
Some pastures have been damaged. This is the coldest September since the beginning of measurements in the state in 1966. Frosts also hit some municipalities in Paraná and Santa Catarina, there are no reported damage to wheat crops of these two states. 
On Friday, the 9th the sun prevails among few clouds mostly in the Midwest and makes the temperatures come rising both morning and afternoon. There is some variation of cloudiness in northern Mato Grosso and east of Goias, where it can rain in isolation.
The relative humidity starts to get lower in the Pantanal region, which favors the increase in the number of fires.
In the South, the cold dawn loses strength compared to the previous day, but follows the condition for occasional frosts between the Santa Catarina mountains and east of Parana in the early hours of the day.
Time is tight, dry, without condition for rain in any of the three states. The relative humidity begins to fall a little further inland in the afternoon, approaching critical levels particularly in the gaucho west.
The cooler soil can delay planting of the new summer season. “We will need at least another 10 days with temperatures above 30 degrees to the ground heat up and become suitable to receive the seeds,” said Desirée Brandt, meteorologist Somar.
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Record Breaking Heatwave Strikes France

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As France is experiencing record-breaking heat so late in the summer, French zoos are trying to help animals cope with high temperatures.
While people may find the unprecedented heat a chance to enjoy the sea for a longer while, some zoo animals find it unbearable.
To help them cool off, caretakers at Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes zoo in Paris are providing the animals with scented ice-cubes or water sprays.
Animals at the Plant Garden also get to snack on watermelon pieces or other fresh treats that are served in their cages or in pools.
Sprinklers also help more sensitive species keep their cool and make it through the intense heat. Almost half of France was on high alert on Saturday due to the heat wave.
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