Melbourne is known for its extreme heat around this time of the year. While players roast on the court, conditions are quite testing for spectators as well. A nice cool dip is however, exactly what the doctor is prescribing and our cameras aren't complaining about the 'diagnosis'. Images courtesy: AFP and AP.
Such were the extreme conditions that organisers suspended play on Thursday (Day 4) after temperatures hit 41.7 Celsius (107.1 Fahrenheit).
With temperatures expected to touch 44C, there is no respite for fans who have been coming armed with sunblock creams, sunglasses, hats and all other paraphernalia to help keep the heat off.
Organisers are also trying their best to help fans stay cool. Water fans have been installed at several locations around the Rod Laver Arena.
Two young fans let their hair down in front of the water fans.
The spray fans aim to re-hydrate the body.
Mini fountain pools are seeing the maximum attendance with people of all age-groups diving in with full gusto.
Inside, ball-boys are seen taking a much-needed nap. As with players, they too have a rough day in the sun.
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