Temperatures have soared to unprecedented levels in parts of Australia’s south, sending records tumbling as an extreme heatwave scorches the country.
At 2.47pm AEDT on Saturday, the small South Australian city of Port Augusta, located about 320km north of the state’s capital of Adelaide, reached a ridiculous 47.1 degrees celsius.
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In Adelaide, temperatures soared above 40 degrees celsius for the fourth day in a row.
According to the Australian Severe Weather Association, this is the first time on record this has occurred in December.
“In terms of the all time record for consecutive days above 40 (degrees celsius) in Adelaide, this was set in January 2014 with six,” the group said on Facebook.
“This included five days over 42. Also in February 2014, there were five days in a row above 40.
“Yesterday, Adelaide recorded a maximum of 40 or higher for the fifth time this month, which is also the first time this has occurred in December.”
Meanwhile in Victoria, firefighters have spent the day battling out-of-control bushfires burning across the state amid scorching and windy conditions.
At the time of writing, an emergency warning was current for a blaze raging near Elaine, south of Ballarat.
Three Watch & Act warnings were also current for fires burning around Scotsburn, Clarendon, Durham Lead and Garibaldi, Wonthaggi in the South Gippsland and Wandin North and East in Melbourne’s outer east.
Residents in inland parts of NSW are also sweltering, with Wagga Wagga in the state’s Riverina region topping 39 degrees celsius just before 4pm AEDT.
Fire crews are also working to contain a fire which has flared up near Newcastle Airport, north of Sydney.
Those in South Australia will welcome a cool change overnight, with a more comfortable maximum temperature of 26 degrees forecast for tomorrow, while NSW and Victoria will sizzle through one last day of extreme heat.