Aussie Open prepares for scorching heat

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 3:43 am •  Published: January 13, 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It wouldn't be the Australian Open without boisterous Aussies serenading Lleyton Hewitt with silly songs from the stands, oversize clown wigs, kangaroo costumes and, of course, the searing heat.

As the temperature edged past 30 degrees Celcius (86 Fahrenheit) on Monday, the line at the frozen Coca-Cola slushie stand was more than 30 deep and crowds were jostling to get in front of the giant fans blowing cool mist into the air.

On court, a couple players held ice bags against their faces and necks during change-overs. Sweaty shirts were stripped off with increasing regularity.

This is just the prelude, too. The forecast for the rest of the week is far more brutal, with highs expected to top 40 Celsius on Tuesday (104 Fahrenheit) and every day through Friday.

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