While the heat relaxes near Adelaide and Melbourne, residents of New South Wales will feel the heat build into early next week.
The temperature had increased each day this week in Adelaide, South Australia, reaching a high near 41 C (106 F) on Thursday.
The temperature began to soar again on Friday, before the cold front arrived bringing some relief during the afternoon. The morning high reached 36 C (97 F) before falling into the upper 20s C (81-84 F).
The 41C (106 F) high temperature reached on Thursday was the hottest day in Adelaide since mid-January.
Cooler air will continue to filter into the Adelaide region through early next week.
A man pours cold water over his head as he attempts to cool down at St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
In Melbourne, Victoria, the heat came and went quickly; however, Thursday was still the hottest day since January as the mercury soared to near 40 C (104 F).
The cold front shifted winds onshore Friday, as temperatures fell from around 26 C (79 F) in the morning to a chilly 16 C (60 F).
Temperatures will be more seasonable behind the front into early next week, although there can be some showers and even a thunderstorm over the weekend.
The heat built into Sydney on Friday with temperatures reaching 38 C (100 F). A brief cooldown is expected on Saturday as a strong flow off the ocean prevails. Winds will be offshore again Sunday and Monday pulling the scorching heat back to Sydney and neighboring areas once again.
Suburbs farther inland will continue to feel the worst of the heat as temperatures are expected to approach 40 C (104 F). High temperatures in the city will be around 37 C (98 F) both Sunday and Monday.
The cold front will bring the threat for a shower or thunderstorm by Monday night then cooler air to follow on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs around 27 C (80 F).
Wintry weather marked the first days of autumn across parts of the Mountain West as snow mixed in with the changing fall foliage.
A tropical wave is likely to become the Atlantic Basin's next tropical storm as it approaches or crosses the Caribbean Sea later this week and potentially pose eventual threats to North America.
Fall air has finally arrived in the northeastern United States and may yield the first frost of the season in parts of the region to end this weekend.
Typhoon Megi will continue to strengthen before threatening lives and property across Taiwan and eastern China this week.
Jose Fernandez, pitcher for the Miami Marlins, died in a boating accident in southern Florida early Sunday morning.
The greatest danger of flooding across the central United States will unfold in western Texas, where downpours will be most persistent into Monday.
Record Cold..... Location New Record Old Record Augusta, GA 42 45/1896 Greenville/Spartanburg SC 42 44/1985 Huntsville, AL 44 45/1985 Birmingham, AL 43T 43/1965
Arthurdale, PA ()
Golf-ball sized hail up to 8" deep.
Baltimore, MD (1816)
Water froze one-half of an inch thick.