Parts of Australia see record heat

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SYDNEY (NBC) -- People on Australia’s east coast are trying to stay cool as a heatwave sweeps across the region.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology predicted Saturday would be the hottest day on record for the state of New South Wales.Temperatures are expected to hit over 104 degrees in some parts of the state.

Many people visited the beach to cool off in the ocean, while others visited water parks and lakes.

In Queensland state workers at an animal welfare league tried to keep cats and dogs cool with wet towels and frozen treats.

Authorities are on high alert across the region, bracing for "potentially catastrophic" fire conditions for Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology says it's now officially the hottest summer in Sydney's 158-year recorded history, with ten summer days reaching over 95 degrees.

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