Updated Jan 23, 2020

In photos: Australia endures floods, dust storms and brown rain as fires rage

Workers clean a court after overnight rain on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne Thursday morning local time. Photo: William West/AFP via Getty Images

Soaring temperatures in the Australian state of New South Wales of over 100°F have triggered fresh bushfires, while dust has produced brown rain in Victoria.

What's happening: Dust storms have been pummeling parts of southeast Australia for days. A massive bushfire in the Australian Capital Territory impacted flights at Canberra Airport, where hail the size of golf balls struck earlier in the week. The storms come days after floods hit southeast Queensland, which has also been impacted by the fires. Here's what's been happening, in photos.

"Cars were covered in dust and combined with the rain made for a muddy start to the day," the Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria said. Photo: BOM/Twitter
Hail the size of golf balls outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, on Monday. Photo: Rohan Thomson/Getty Images
A flooded road in Queensland Saturday. Photo: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services/Twitter
A Humane Society International crisis response specialist carries a baby Koala she rescued last Wednesday on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. 26 bushfires were still burning in the state Monday, the Country Fire Service said. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images
A firefighter works to save a prehistoric wollemi pine tree in Wollemi National Park, New South Wales — "the only place in the world where these trees are found in the wild," according to NSW Parks and Wildlife, which notes there are fewer than 200. Photo: NSW Parks and Wildlife/Facebook
Regrowth at Cunningham's Gap, Queensland, which has received plenty of rain in recent days, according to local Jo McKee. The road at the area popular with tourists closed over Friday night "due to slips created by the fires" with "lots of foliage dislodged," she said. Photo: Jo McKee

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Australia's deadly fires: What you need to know

The Australian flag flies under red skies from fires on Jan. 4 in Bruthen, Victoria. Photos: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The Orroral Valley fire has burned through nearly 25% of the district that's home to Australia's capital, News.com.au reports, after ACT Emergency Controller Georgeina Whelan said the fire was rapidly growing into the south east on Saturday.

The latest: The Orroral fire grew from 81,544 acres to at least 129,073 acres on Saturday, based on Whelan's initial statement, and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's following estimate. Whelan said the Orroral fire is expected to move "well into" New South Wales, which creates potential for it to reach and merge with other bushfires in the area.

In photos: Australia's fire-ravaged east coast hit by heavy rain and floods

Waves impact the coast at Collaroy on Sydney's Northern Beaches on Monday. Photo: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Australia's fire-ravaged east coast is being lashed by heavy storms that have caused flash flooding and travel disruptions. And Sydney has endured its wettest four days in 30 years, with 16.3 inches falling in that period, per the Bureau of Meteorology.

The big picture: Much of the state of New South Wales has been crippled by drought. Now, flooding has seen authorities order residents in low-lying areas of Sydney to evacuate. Tens of thousands of people were without power across the state. NSW Maritime said several boats sank amid "turbulent conditions at sea," The Guardian reports. Flooding has also been reported in the nearby state of Queensland.

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In photos: How countries struck by coronavirus celebrated Valentine's Day

A Hong Kong flower shop on Valentine's Day. There are 56 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Hong Kong as of Feb. 14. Photo: Miguel Candela/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Across China and other countries with some of the highest confirmed cases of the coronavirus, people celebrated Valentine's Day as they would any other year: buying flowers and other gifts, attending weddings and spending time with loved ones.

Where it stands: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,527 people and in mainland China infected nearly 66,497 people, a number the CDC believes is underreported. There are more than 500 cases in 27 other countries and territories.

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