In Australia, the country’s previous heat record was set today: in the western Australian coastal city of Onslow, temperatures reached 50.7 degrees Celsius. It set an Australian heat record, as reported by the National Weather Service. Two other places crossed the 50 degree mark.
It was the hottest day in the country’s history since January 2, 1960, when Oodnadatta in the outback also recorded a temperature of 50.7 degrees Celsius. 50.7 degrees is the highest temperature ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere and the world record for January.
14.7 degrees above average
If you look at the statistics, it is known how extraordinary 50 degrees is. On an average January day Onslow has a high of 36 degrees.
Deadly heat in Australia will continue in the coming days, with the heat pole shifting from west to east across the continent. The threshold of 50 degrees can be crossed again.
Heat wave is going on in South America too
Meanwhile, the havoc of severe heat continues in South America. The focus is Argentina. San Antonio Oeste was up to 44 degrees yesterday and the heat will continue to rise in the days to come. Tomorrow the capital Buenos Aires may break its all-time record of 43.3 degrees. A typical January day in Buenos Aires is 30 degrees.
An increase in the duration and intensity of heat waves is a feature of climate change.