Australian heatwave is smashing all previous temperature records
In the second heatwave in as many weeks, temperature records across south Australia have been broken again as the city of Adelaide experienced its hottest day on record.
The Bureau of Meteorology reported temperatures of 49.1C north of Adelaide, while inside the city there were temperatures of 46.6C, beating a record which has stood from 1939.
— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) January 24, 2019
More than 13 towns across South Australia have broken their own heat records in the past two weeks including 300km north-west in Port Augusta which recorded a max temperature of 49.1C and Whyalla which reached 48.5C.
The heatwaves are part of a summer that the Bureau of Meteorology said would be hotter and drier than average, partially as a result of climate change.
Just so we're clear, being the hottest place on Earth is not the way that I had hoped Australia would be leading the world re. #climatechange when I started working on this thing ... but it's probably what our current level of policy ambition deserves.#climatecrisis #auspol pic.twitter.com/oPnEilRpcv
— Alexei T (@AlexeiPT) January 24, 2019
Emergency services are on alert in more than 13 districts as bushfires warnings are in place across a number of states. Country Fire Service state duty commander Yvette Dowling told News.com.au the soaring temperatures will be unmanageable in many parts of Adelaide.
“If a fire does start with these forecast weather conditions, we’re not going to be able to control that fire,” she said.
In other areas, mass culls of camels and wild horses have been carried out as the animals were dying of thirst in the sweltering weather as watering holes dried up in the heat.