Seething temperatures wreaking havoc

Melbourne Park, with seething temperatures not felt in a century, is like walking into a thermostatic buzz saw. And without the proper physical and metal preparation, consider yourself baked.

Originally Published: January 29, 2009
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- You can pick any of the dozens of adjectives available to describe how hot it is in Melbourne these days: blistering, broiling, fiery, parching, roasting, scalding, scorching, searing, etc.

They'd all work just fine.

Let's just say when you walk out your front door and the blast of hot air hits you, one imagines that someone flipped a switch and encapsulated the whole city in a furnace.

Temperatures on Thursday skyrocketed high enough ...

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