The news of records set by the heatwave was quickly surpassed by the tragedy of the bush fires. And all of this against the backdrop of the continuing drought and some of the lowest summer rains on record. Not to mention the torrential rain and floods up north.
This story (from the SMH) covers the heatwave from the meteorologists point of view. Other quotes (aside from the title) from David Jones, of the BoM's National Climate Centre include:
"You don't usually break records by much. You might beat it by point one of a degree or point two."
"Records being broken by that much [2 degrees C] are just unheard of. You just don't break records with that kind of margin in a stable climate. It's an extraordinary event, this one."