It has reached 46 degrees celsius in Melbourne city. Going by the fact that it is usually a degree hotter out here, I'm guessing it is about 47 degrees outside. Since we don't have air conditioning, we are keeping the house cool by hanging tarpaulins over the windows and wet blankets on the screen doors. Very effective, except I am burning the soles of my feet on our garden paths when I go out to wet the blankets again every fifteen minutes.
Update: Below is the graph of this week's weather - you can see today that it went off the graph! It was the hottest day ever recorded in Melbourne.