Dec 28, 2018

Australia swelters in extreme weather as one town breaks heat record

Marble Bar
Australia
by
Shannon Connellan
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Mashable
Marble Bar, which often competes for the title of Australia's hottest town, recorded a top temperature on Thursday, December 27th. Photo: Ullstein Bild, Getty Images
Marble Bar, which often competes for the title of Australia's hottest town, recorded a top temperature on Thursday, December 27th. Photo: Ullstein Bild, Getty Images

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).

"This is the face of climate change," Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, a Belgian climate scientist and former vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said in a tweet earlier this week.

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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.

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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."