Australia has reported temperatures of 50.7C (123.26F), matching its record last January 2, 1960.
The record-breaking temperature of 2022 was measured at a small beachside town in the Pilbara at Onslow, Western Australia while the previous record was in Oodnadatta, South Australia.
In the nearby towns Roebourne and Mardie, temperatures reached 50.5 degrees while similar highs are expected by Friday.
“The Pilbara region has had persistent hot temperatures over the last few months and there has been no rainfall to really take away the hot air that has built up,” said Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Luke Huntington.
Huntington added that the heat in the region had been caused by a lack of thunderstorms and under-average rainfall.
“I am sure most people living up there are used to the heat, but with these extremes people should take extra care to stay indoors with air conditioning or, if they have to be outdoors, to stay in the shade and keep up with fluids,” advised Huntington.
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