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Matches suspended on Friday due to dangerous heat at 2019 Australian Open

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
January 25, 2019, 3:34:14 AM EST

Extreme heat forced some outdoor matches to be suspended on Friday, but more comfortable conditions return to Melbourne for the final two days of the Open.

Outdoor matches were suspended on Friday due to the intense heat at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve.

On Thursday, the roof of Rod Laver Arena was closed partway through the semifinal match between Petra Kvitova and Danielle Collins due to the heat.

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France's Alize Cornet falls to the court after suffering from the heat during her third round match against Belgium's Elise Mertens at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Good news is on the way for fans and players alike, as cooler air will settle over Melbourne for the final days of play on Saturday and Sunday.

Players and fans are reminded to wear sunscreen regardless of how hot it is on any given day, as the sun's rays remain quite strong during this time of the year.


A high temperature of 27-30 C (80-86 F) is expected for both days, with a mixture of clouds and sunshine.

While Melbourne gets some relief from the heat by Saturday, Canberra will endure blistering heat with a high temperature around 39 C (102 F).

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While temperatures won’t be quite as extreme, high humidity combined with daily high temperatures around 33 C (92 F) will make for an unpleasant weekend around Sydney.

Relief from the heat will reach Canberra on Sunday and Sydney on Monday.

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