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Heat wave hits Australian Open

Scorching temperatures at the Australian Open thinned crowds at Melbourne Park and prompted players to pile bags of ice on their heads and necks between points.

Here's a look at how players and fans tried to beat the heat on Tuesday.

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Mooch January 14 2014 at 7:10 PM

what crappy reporting...at least tell the temp?

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Joe January 14 2014 at 2:59 PM

what is the temperature there ? anyone know ?

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bill January 14 2014 at 9:25 PM

hey im thursty how about somewatermmmmmm

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suncruzma January 14 2014 at 9:11 PM

Been to Austrailia at this time of the year it is brutal great country very friendly people regardless how hot had a wonderful time

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dixfiles January 14 2014 at 9:04 PM

Oh no! Don't tell the Republicans there is global warming and that the U.S. isn't the only country on earth.

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Gordon Bartlett January 14 2014 at 4:30 PM

Interesting idea, ammonia, but what are the exact proportions? How much ammonia would go into how much water? ( A "bucket" is a rather vague measure). Also, would this mixture be any more effective than simply splashing on ice water? I've played tennis in very hot weather, and believe me, it's debilitating, even dangerous. I would much rather play in the cold.

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plmelton67 Gordon Bartlett January 14 2014 at 5:15 PM

This is NOT your typical household ammonia. This is Spirits of Ammonia(pharmaceutical)! The bottle is typically 3-6 ounces. A bucket can be the 1 gallon or 5 gallon. If you use a 1 gallon bucket you would only need to use 1.5-3 ounces of the spirits of ammonia. For a 5 gallon bucket use 6 ounces of the spirits of ammonia. This is an old timey remedy. Most folks under the age of 45 would not have a clue as to what I'm talking about. You use to be able to buy Spirits of Ammonia at the pharmacies, but now I can only find it online. It's great for soaking a towel in the water then draping it over your head. This stuff stays ice cold for hours w/o needing bags of ICE added to it.

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Gordon Bartlett plmelton67 January 14 2014 at 7:39 PM

Thanks for the detailed answer. I'll try it out -- this summer.

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sjeff414 January 14 2014 at 8:46 PM

I clicked on this story to see just how hot it was in Australia today... and they don't say. Nice reporting guys!

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Freddie January 14 2014 at 6:24 PM

It wasn't an Equatorial Vortex was it? Why does it always have to get hot in the summer?

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rsinewyork January 14 2014 at 8:20 PM

So what was the damn temperature??????????

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abourge458 rsinewyork January 14 2014 at 9:58 PM

42.8 C ( 109.04 F) average summr for Phoenix lol

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luplus2 January 14 2014 at 5:55 PM

Don't you think it would of been a good idea to mention how hot instead of showing sweaty tennis players? Lousy reporting.

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paprice2523 luplus2 January 14 2014 at 7:55 PM

Cute cat!!!!!!!

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