Extreme hot weather has engulfed much of Australia since the weekend in what has been four of its most sweltering days in history. All-time record highs have been set in some locations.The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in Australia said Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ranked among the top 10 hottest days on record for the country as whole.
The past 4 days are in Australia's top 10 warmest days on record—and the trend looks like continuing today. The nights have been warm too, which is what defines #heatwave conditions https://t.co/u6dbfmKPk6 Stay cool, check on loved ones & follow advice from health authorities pic.twitter.com/8Qisw9m4LM— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) January 16, 2019
Marble Bar in northwest Australia has experienced the hottest temperature since the weekend, topping out at 120.4 degrees Fahrenheit (49.1 degrees Celsius) on Sunday.
Not far behind is Tarcoola in South Australia which hit 120.2 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday. That is the hottest temperature in its history dating to 1903.
#Tarcoola in the state's north has just reached 49.0°C – its hottest day since records began in 1903. ?️? With more heat to come, keep hydrated ? and an eye on the latest observations: https://t.co/VDpjjkv2lR. @SA_SES @CFSAlerts @SAHealth @SAPoliceNews #FeelingHot2019 pic.twitter.com/2FSFRfKxNB— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) January 15, 2019
At least five other locations in southeast Australia set all-time record highs on Wednesday.
Broken Hill, White Cliffs, Wilcannia, Ivanhoe, Albury and Narrandera have all broken their all time maximum temp records today. While Deniliquin, Yanco and Condobolin have set new records for the month January. Full #NSW details: https://t.co/AIwC8xjgsO #Heatwave pic.twitter.com/TJ7Y4uBhh6— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) January 16, 2019
Canberra, the capital city of Australia, saw its high temperature rise to 104.2 degrees Fahrenheit (40.1 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday and 106.9 degrees Fahrenheit (41.6 degrees Celsius) Wednesday. The average January high in the city is 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius).
Produce growers in South Australia are scrambling to pick fruit off trees in order to prevent heat damage.
ABC News also reported that heat stress caused bats to fall from trees in Adelaide. High temperatures in the city have ranged from 105 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit (41 to 42.3 degrees Celsius) since Monday, far above its average January high of about 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28.2 degrees Celsius).
New South Wales Health has warned the hot temperatures will contribute to high levels of ozone air pollution in the Sydney area. Temperatures in Sydney are running above average, but the hottest conditions are in areas west of the city.
Australia’s BOM is forecasting severe intensity heat wave conditions to continue in parts of southeast Australia Thursday through Saturday, including parts of New South Wales’ northern and eastern districts. The worst of the heat wave is expected to ease up elsewhere into the weekend.
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