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Adelaide braces for more heat -

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Reporter: Michael Edwards and Sara Everingham

BRENDAN TREMBATH: From floods in the north to searing heat in the south.

South Australia is sweltering again with temperatures today tipped to soar past 40 degrees.

Fire authorities say the conditions are ripe for a major bushfire.

The South Australian health system is also under pressure with people being treated for
heat-related conditions.

Adelaide residents have had on-again off-again electricity as the state's power system struggles to
cope with extra demand from the use of air-conditioners.

Businesses say it's been tough going as they lose stock and customers to the heat.

Chris Shepherd runs the Foodbusiness Cafe in the suburb of Hazelwood. He spoke to Michael Edwards.

CHRIS SHEPHERD: We have about 10 freezers, a cool room, a cool truck, a full bar fridge and when
they go out, yeah we lose a lot of business.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: And that is obviously the threat today?

CHRIS SHEPHERD: Yeah we constantly have our fingers crossed hoping that it won't go off again.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: What about for business people coming in too? Surely a 43 degree day, people
aren't wanting to be sitting in restaurants?

CHRIS SHEPHERD: That's true. Our business has been, apart from yesterday where we did a decent
amount of customers, our business has been very slow.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: So this hot spell is taking more than its toll just on people's comfort. It is
also hurting businesses too.

CHRIS SHEPHERD: Oh yeah, definitely. It is not getting any walk-ins or bookings or anything like
that.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Adelaide cafe manager Chris Shepherd speaking to Michael Edwards.

Brigitte Ritter works at the Kingston Park Kiosk in Adelaide. She told Sara Everingham the
oppressive conditions have been very bad for business.

BRIGITTE RITTER: Affected all the machinery and the staffing levels and our ordering from our
customers, from our suppliers, the bakeries and what not - everyone is suffering.

I've got people coming in all the time looking for work and normally I can say yeah, we'll give you
a few shifts on the weekend or whatever, tourists and travellers, backpackers and we can usually
help them out but at the moment it is shocking and they have had their - there were two girls in
yesterday that had all their grape picking cancelled because the grapes have cooked on the vines
and there is no harvest and it is just doing this great big domino effect. It is really bad.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Brigitte Ritter at the Kingston Park Kiosk in Adelaide and the hot conditions are
expected to continue tomorrow.