Australia’s Weather Map Turns Black Because It’s So Hot

Australia’s weather map turned black as it displayed the heatwave the country recently experienced, with temperatures hitting more than 42C.

Extreme weather peaked yesterday (January 18), with the heat breaking an Australian record when Noona, in western New South Wales, recorded a minimum overnight temperature of 35.9C on Thursday night (January 17).

Penrith has seen temperatures hit 45C, while Menindee hasn’t seen a maximum temperature below 45C since Monday, and even reached a staggering 47C earlier this week, The Guardian report.

Rebecca Farr, a forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology, explained how both Australia’s capital Canberra and Broken Hill in New South Wales were set to break records for the longest stretch of over-40C days since records began.


According to The Guardian, she said:

''For Canberra, today we are forecasting 40C and, if we reach that, it will the first time on record that we will have four consecutive days of 40C or more.''

''Broken Hill is forecast to hit four consecutive days of 45C, and that also hasn’t happened before. Records there started in 1957.''

The temperatures were so staggering that the weather map turned an angry, dark red, and even black in some areas.

Take a look:

 Australia's weather map turns black from heat

The Bureau of Meteorology has encouraged people to stay aware of the dangers of heatwaves, tweeting:

''Australia has a new heat record! Overnight, #Noona in the #NSW west recorded a 35.9C MINIMUM temperature. It’s the latest in a series of broken records in this #heatwave. [sic]''

''Heat waves are dangerous – stay hydrated & look out for others! [sic]''

According to the Sun, on Thursday a total of 27 locations across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory endured sweltering record maximum temperatures.

The heat has caused roads in the country to start melting, and wildlife has been suffering in the blisteringly hot weather.

Thankfully residents will have some relief from the heat this weekend, but the drop in temperatures won’t last for long. report Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Rob Sharpe said:

''On Friday, when the cool change sweeps across South Australia and Victoria, temperatures will drop markedly.''

''On Sunday, over in [Western Australia], that heat will only just be starting to ramp up in Perth and the inland areas of Australia.''

''On Tuesday, that heat starts flooding straight back into the southeast.''

Hopefully everyone in Australia has been able to find a good way to cool off in the intense heat!


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