15 images to make you happy you're not melting at the Australian Open this week

Temperatures at the Rod Laver Arena soared as high as 42 this week.

THE MOST INTENSE heatwave in 100 years is melting southern Australia this week, including Melbourne — the site of 2014 Australian Open.

Temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius during yesterday’s action making for unbearable and, at times, unplayable conditions.

With temperatures remaining at least the late 30s until the weekend, it could be the hottest Australian Open ever.

Here’s why we’re more than happy to still need a coat.

The sun beams down on the Rod Laver Arena


Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova ices down her face


That wise old sage Roger Federer limbers up in the shade


Kei Nishikori looks in some distress


Italy’s Camila Giorgi turned hot pink


Frank Dancevic of Canada passed all the way out


The ice didn’t stop Jelena Jankovic burning her legs on a chair


Even the locals couldn’t hack it, here’s Bernard Tomic wringing wet before being forced to retire


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Rafa Nadal was dripping with sweat while overcoming Tomic…


…so naturally he took his shirt off


A ball boy passed out despite that fetching protective headgear


Serena Williams said the temperatures made her paranoid


The fans who stuck it out had to cover their faces


The wise ones cooled off by the mist machine

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