There are forecast to be four days (Wednesday-Saturday) of 40oC+ temperatures in Melbourne this week. Melbourne has not had 3 days above 40oC since 1959. The heatwave, defined in this way, is the worst since 1908. The whole of Victoria is sweltering.
Checking out the records I find that this heat wave is up there with some of the worst ever in an Australian capital city. Adelaide in 2006 apparently had five consecutive days above 40oC.
I notice that even the native trees in the streets look dead in the heat this morning. On the university campus wood ducks were avoiding the open water and sitting corpse-like in the shade of trees.
I have been fairly comfortable myself. Swimming pool, beer......and, when at work, an office with a ceiling fan on. Last night was not too hot though that will change over the next few days.