A large bushfire burns in the Australian state of Tasmania. Brutal post-Christmas temperatures led to extreme or severe fire warnings across at least three states and intensified severe droughts across the country.
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service/AAP/Reuters

Photos: Extreme weather across the globe

Updated 10:53 AM ET, Thu January 31, 2019

A large bushfire burns in the Australian state of Tasmania. Brutal post-Christmas temperatures led to extreme or severe fire warnings across at least three states and intensified severe droughts across the country.
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service/AAP/Reuters

Parts of the United States are dealing with a brutal deep freeze that CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen described as "the coldest air in a generation."

It couldn't be more opposite Down Under, where Australia has been in the midst of a record-breaking heatwave.

In Europe, extreme winter weather has brought fatal avalanches and cut off Alpine ski resorts.

And a rare tornado hit the Cuban capital of Havana, damaging buildings and causing flooding in low-lying areas.