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  • CHARLOTTE MORTLOCK: If Sydney's central business district

  • reaches its forecast maximum of 40 degrees today,

  • it will be their hottest day since last summer,

  • and 14 degrees above the average.

  • CARL AZUZ: Here in Chicago, the temperature

  • is nothing to play with.

  • Dangerous lows, something the city

  • hasn't seen in quite some time.

  • Look at the river.

  • It's all frozen.

  • It looks like a winter playland.

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  • Schools have been shut down.

  • Warming centers have been set up all across the city,

  • and there's a real worry about the homeless population

  • here, because if you're outside for any long period of time,

  • frostbite has become a real concern.

  • Out on Lake Michigan, it has been so cold you can

  • see the steam actually rising.

  • CHARLOTTE MORTLOCK: This will go down

  • in the books as Sydney's second hottest January on record.

  • The sweltering haze has put extra pressure

  • on the in-demand power supply across the state,

  • as many turn to fans and aircon in a bid to keep cool.

  • CARL AZUZ: So a tale of two extremes leading things

  • off for us today on CNN 10.

  • But for the US at least, relief is in sight,

  • and it'll be a dramatic change.

  • This week in Chicago, Illinois, temperatures dropped down to 25

  • degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

  • But by the end of the weekend, the city

  • is expecting to see temperatures rise by 75 degrees,

  • to the low 50s.

  • Meteorologists expected Thursday to be

  • the last day of extreme cold air in the US, at least

  • temporarily.

  • That's when 2/3 of the country's population

  • woke up to temperatures below freezing,

  • and about a quarter of Americans shivered

  • in temperatures below zero.

  • A volunteer firefighter in Wisconsin

  • emerged from battling a house fire

  • with his beard covered in ice.

  • The wind chill, which is what the temperature

  • feels like when the wind blows, was negative 50.

  • A popular phrase associated with US mail carriers

  • is, "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night

  • keeps them from their rounds."

  • but when arctic temperatures frosted over the Midwest

  • and Northeast, deliveries were suspended in parts

  • of six states on Thursday.

  • The Red Cross canceled hundreds of blood drives because

  • of the cold weather, and in Michigan, a state that's

  • used to weathering cold and driving snow,

  • state government offices closed for two days in a row.

  • One phrase we often hear when this kind of cold settles in

  • is polar vortex.

  • Here's Jennifer Gray to explain.

  • JENNIFER GRAY: It's not a storm.

  • It's not a hurricane of cold air.

  • It's not even something that can come and get you.

  • The only way to be in the polar vortex is to be in an airplane.

  • It exists in the upper levels of the atmosphere,

  • and is always there.

  • It's an area of low pressure around the Arctic Circle

  • that's locked in place, and houses some very cold air.

  • Sometimes, different weather patterns

  • can influence the polar vortex, and cause

  • it to become distorted.

  • As this happens, a large dip in the jet stream

  • allows very cold air to spill into the US.

  • That's the cold air you feel, the air that

  • lives beneath the polar vortex, air that many times is so cold,

  • it can feel like something out of this world.

  • CARL AZUZ: Another effect of all this winter weather

  • is that many US schools have been closed.

  • Part of the reason is because of ice and snow, but part of it

  • is because it's dangerous for students

  • to wait at bus stops in the extreme cold.

  • Schools have been shut down in the capital of Thailand

  • as well, but for a very different reason.

  • Officials in Bangkok are trying to reduce the number of cars

  • on the road in an effort to tackle air pollution,

  • but that's only one of several ways

  • Thailand's trying to deal with the problem.

  • KRISTIE LU STOUT: These are Thailand's latest

  • pollution-fighting weapons, dozens of drones dispatched

  • in a desperate attempt to battle toxic smog in Bangkok,

  • by spraying a water and molasses solution

  • to catch air particles.

  • INTERPRETER: We are doing this because we

  • think it will get better.

  • If we do nothing, we'll be criticized for doing nothing.

  • KRISTIE LU STOUT: But plan has a number of critics.

  • TARA BUAKAMSRI: That dawn operation, that gones today

  • morning, actually is a stunt.

  • It's useless operation.

  • KRISTIE LU STOUT: A murky haze has been choking the capital

  • for weeks now, sparking criticism

  • over the government's uneven response

  • just weeks ahead of elections.

  • Students across Bangkok were dismissed from class

  • early on Wednesday, after authorities

  • ordered the closure of hundreds of schools

  • for the rest of the week.

  • INTERPRETER: I don't want school to be

  • closed, because it's getting close to the final exam.

  • But I'm worried about my kids' health.

  • I heard on the news that schools were closed, so I rushed here.

  • My son's health is not good.

  • He coughs a lot and always has to use a nasal spray.

  • KRISTIE LU STOUT: Thailand's department of pollution says

  • air quality in Bangkok has fallen to harmful levels,

  • as the amount of hazardous dust particles known

  • as PM2.5 exceeded safe levels in more than

  • 40 areas around the capital.

  • These microscopic particles are small enough

  • to lodge deep into the lungs, and pass on to other organs.

  • TARA BUAKAMSRI: Ever increasing number

  • of automobiles in the city.

  • Another source is also coming from factory, large scale

  • blending from plantation, from mining,

  • from deforestation in Cambodia.

  • KRISTIE LU STOUT: Authorities have tried everything,

  • from seeding rain clouds, to hosing down streets,

  • to control the pollution crisis, but have

  • so far failed to clear the air.

  • Kristie Lu Stout, CNN.

  • CARL AZUZ: 10-second trivia.

  • What football team has won the most Super Bowls?

  • San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers,

  • or Dallas Cowboys?

  • [BEEPING]

  • Only the Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowls.

  • The other teams on this list have each one five.

  • Super Bowl LIII will be played right behind me

  • here in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend.

  • It is one of the most-watched US television events.

  • As much as a third of the country is estimated to

  • tune in for the game.

  • The National Retail Federation, the US-based trade association,

  • estimates that Americans will spend almost $15 billion

  • for the game, but that's not on tickets.

  • It includes things like team clothing, decorations,

  • new TVs, most of all, food.

  • The National Chicken Council says

  • almost 1.4 billion chicken wings will be eaten this weekend.

  • Frito Lay expects that 80% of Americans

  • will eat potato or tortilla chips while watching the game.

  • Domino's and Pizza Hut say they'll

  • sell a combined total of 3 and 1/2 million

  • pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday.

  • And if you are looking for a last-minute ticket,

  • prices on Thursday were between $2,500 for one nosebleed seat,

  • and $14,000 for something close to the 50-yard line.

  • Kickoff for the game between the Los

  • Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots

  • is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

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  • 10 out of 10 today comes to us courtesy of some California

  • sheriff's deputies who recently rescued

  • a lost bull elephant seal.

  • They teamed up with fish and wildlife

  • officials to coax him-- this probably counts as coaxing--

  • to head back across the road and toward the sea.

  • That's easier said than done for a massive mammal

  • that can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.

  • But he did make it back to his herd.

  • We may never know why the elephant seal crossed the road.

  • Maybe he was just out for a walk.

  • Maybe he made a rookery mistake.

  • Maybe he thought it was a safe crossing for pina-pedestrians.

  • Either way, it seals up another show on a happy note,

  • so there's nothing for him to blubber about.

  • I'm Carl Azuz for CNN 10.

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