A cool change brought temporary respite to firefighters battling blazes in parts of southeastern Australia. The country’s most populous state of New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency last Thursday [Dean Lewins/AAP Images via AP Photo]

Cooler weather brought some respite to firefighters battling to contain blazes on several major fronts across southeastern Australia on Sunday, but temperatures are expected to climb again at the end of the week threatening more fires.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Rural Fire Service (RFS) headquarters in Sydney, after returning from a holiday in Hawaii that drew public anger as bushfires ravaged parts of his home state and shrouded the country’s biggest city in hazardous smog.

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