Record temperature recorded in Australia: 50.7ºC

Mercury hit a record high temperature of 50.7ºC on Thursday in a remote town in Western Australia, the meteorological office said.

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Nnew heat record in Western Australia and national temperature record equaled! The state meteorological office announced on Twitter. The coastal town of “Onslow has hit an all-time high: 50.7ºC, a record for Western Australia and the hottest temperature on record in Australia for 62 years.”

On January 2, 1960, the country recorded a temperature of 50.7ºC at Oodnadatta airport in South Australia, according to the office’s website.

Deadly heat wave

Climate Council Director Martin Rice said the record is part of a long-term trend of global warming induced by burning coal, oil and gas. According to him, these extreme temperatures are already having “fatal catastrophic consequences” in Australia. “Heat waves are silent killers in Australia, they cause more deaths than any other extreme weather event,” he said.

Australia experienced an austral summer marked by major forest fires in the west of the country and deadly flooding on its east coast. According to Rice, without a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, these record heats could become common. “In Sydney and Melbourne, by 2030, we will have summer days at 50 degrees,” he said.

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