With high temperatures also forecast for Victoria and NSW, there are warnings about potential power outages and blackouts, as well as total fire bans amid worsening weather. Follow developments live

One thing to look out for today is the possibility of blackouts. Against the backdrop of scorching hot temperatures over the next two days, the energy market operator is already warning about a potential need for businesses in Victoria to power down today.

The whole situation is being exacerbated by a breakdown of an energy unit at AGL’s Loy Yang A power station.

two major coal units are out of service in victoria — one has a tube leak and the other has, incredibly, been taken out of service for scheduled maintenance, in a heatwave!

with almost 1,000MW of capacity missing, all eyes are on AEMO to see how we get through thurs afternoon. https://t.co/aDKa3y5SpF

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the heatwave that will hit large swathes of Australia today.

In South Australia, temperatures are set to eclipse 45C, with Port Augusta looking at a top of 49C. Adelaide is also potentially on track to break its 80-year-old heat record and my colleague, Royce Kurmelovs, is there. He’ll be filing updates from across the city throughout the day.

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