Monday, January 17, 2022

50.7 degree heat record reported in western Australia

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The lack of thunderstorms is currently causing enormous temperatures on the western coast of Australia. A heat record has now been set in a small town. The value was last measured in 1960.

Large parts of Australia are currently sweating under a merciless heat bell. In the west of the country, a decades-old temperature record has now even been set: in the coastal town of Onslow in the Pilbara region, the mercury column rose to 50.7 degrees on Thursday, the region’s meteorology authority said. This is the highest temperature ever recorded in the state of Western Australia. The same value was last measured in January 1960 in the outback town of Oodnadatta in South Australia.

The 50-degree mark was also broken in two other communities in the Pilbara, Roebourne and Mardie, on Thursday. Meteorologist Luke Huntington told Australian broadcaster ABC that the lack of thunderstorms is responsible for the extreme heat – because without this discharge, which normally ensures cooler values, hot air continues to accumulate.

Many people fled from the record values ​​indoors. However, even air conditioning systems were sometimes no longer able to cope with the great heat. Mark Barratt of Roebourne Police said: “It’s so hot the air conditioner in my office has given up the ghost.” Electrical devices also felt the heat stress.

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