Australians will be cranking up the pedestal fans, as extreme heatwave conditions sear across most of the country.
Temperatures have soared above average across much of the continent, peaking at 49.1°C (120.38°F) in the town of Marble Bar in Western Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
Much of Australia is experiencing a #heatwave. #Temperatures peaked at 49°C today in Marble Bar in the W. High temperatures will continue over the next few days away from the S coast. Some places could reach December records, eg Canberra, which currently stands at 39.2 degrees pic.twitter.com/I3I89E0g8b
— Met Office (@metoffice) 27 de diciembre de 2018
Since Tuesday, severe to extreme heatwave conditions have been affecting the country, with the highest intensity areas including Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory, and inland Victoria, the BOM reports. Queensland has been experiencing low intensity conditions.
The heatwave has expanded across South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and even northeast Tasmania, and is expected to remain static over the weekend before reducing intensity by Monday.
That staggering top 49.1°C (120.38°F) temperature recorded in the former gold mining town of Marble Bar — which battles it out with the town of Wyndham for the title of the hottest place in Australia on average — marks the hottest day since folks started recording the temperature there in 1901.
To put it in perspective, the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia is 50.7°C (123.26°F), recorded in 1960 at South Australia’s Oodnadatta Airport. The official highest recorded temperature in the world is 56.7°C (134°F), which was measured at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California on Jul. 10, 1913.
Marble Bar hit a max temperature of 49.3°C today; its hottest day since temperature records began there in 1901. The airmass over inland WA is one of the hottest we’ve ever seen, and is causing a severe to extreme #heatwave over large parts of the country. pic.twitter.com/1Da3Hse19v
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) 27 de diciembre de 2018
These extreme temperatures are way above average for Australia’s south in particular at this time of the year. A representative from the BOM told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that most of the country’s southeast had been experiencing temperatures “10 to 14 degrees above average for this time of the year.”
“Most areas of the south-east are 10 to 14 degrees above average for this time of the year.”@BOM_au gives an update on what will be a scorching few days for many parts of the country pic.twitter.com/DdUAVj1jrA
— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) 26 de diciembre de 2018
It’s not the only extreme heat event Australia has experienced of late. Three blistering heat waves enveloped much of southeastern Australia in January and February 2017. In 2018, Sydney alone saw its hottest day in 80 years in January, and an unseasonably warm April saw heat records broken and below average rainfall across the country, leading to a devastating drought for New South Wales.
In fact, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef will never be the same following the devastating marine heat wave of 2015 and 2016.
Keep reading on source link.