Australia recorded one of the hottest days on record, with a coastal city reaching temperatures the country had not seen since 1960. Onslow was 50.7 degrees Celsius (123.26 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday, the last time the temperature was recorded in South Australia’s Outback. According to the country, January 2, 1960 Meteorology Department.
Because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, its summers are opposite the Northern Hemisphere. Summer begins on December 1 and ends on February 28, which is why it is so hot in Australia at the moment.
Still, it’s much hotter than 123 degrees Fahrenheit. For comparison, the day before, the highest temperature in the country was recorded in Western Australia at 46.5 degrees Celsius, about 116 degrees Fahrenheit.
Therefore, jumps to 50.7 degrees Celsius are rare, and the country has only reached the 50s a few times. Displays daily bureau records.
The maximum temperature was expected to be 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 degrees Fahrenheit) for the seven-day forecast in Anslo this week, according to the bureau. Forecast for the area
The agency also issued fire warnings for parts of Western Australia. Last month, a large bush fire near the Margaret River in the area destroyed more than 6,000 hectares (14,826 acres) of land, forcing evacuations. According to BBC News.
Luke Huntington of the Bureau of Meteorology told BBC News that people in the area have an “additional idea to stay indoors with air conditioning, or if they have to be outside, to stay in the shade and with liquids.” Should keep He said that hot air has been created in the region due to lack of rain with thunder and lightning.
The BBC’s weather forecaster Chris Fox says temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Friday, but will cool. CBS News has contacted the Meteorological Department for more information and is awaiting a response.
In the United States, heat waves are also frequent, a sign of climate change. According to The Environmental Protection Agency’s heatwave frequency has gradually increased, from an average of two heat waves during the 1960s to six each year during the 2010s.
Climate change has caused the Earth’s temperature to rise by 0.14 degrees Fahrenheit per decade from 1880 and 2020 was the second warmest year on record. According to NOAA. The 2020 surface temperature was 1.76 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the 20th century average of 57 degrees.