Second hottest day in Australia’s history recorded as the east prepares for storms

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Towns across Western Australia have recorded some of the hottest weather ever recorded in the country, while other parts of the nation are preparing for heavy rains, humid nights and the after-effects of an ex-tropical cyclone.

Three towns in Western Australia’s Pilbara region have hit more than 50 degrees, with Onslow recording 50.7 degrees, on par with the hottest temperature ever recorded in Australia at Oodnadatta Airport in South Australia, which recorded 50.7 degrees on January 2, 1960.

Two other towns in the region, Roebourne and Mardie, recorded 50.5 degrees on Thursday and stand in equal-second spot as the hottest on record. The record-breaking temperatures have been caused by several factors including heat building up over inland WA and high ocean temperatures.

While towns in WA have recorded degrees above 50, NSW and Victoria are preparing for wet weather in the coming days.Credit:Nick Moir

Mardie previously held the second-hottest record when it reached 50.5 degrees on February 19, 1998, while Wilcannia Post Office in NSW owns the third hottest day, recording 50 degrees on January 11, 1939.

Sydney’s hottest temperature was in 2020, when Penrith reached 48.9 degrees. South, Melbourne recorded 46.4 degrees on its hottest day during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.


Meanwhile, other parts of the country are bracing for wet weather, with concerns about how already full waterways will cope with the new deluge.

Weatherzone forecaster Jessica Miskelly said there was more moisture in the air which was producing storms in western NSW, Queensland and Victoria. These parts of the country are likely to see rain in the coming days.

“Anecdotally [the storms] are very persistent [this year]: we’re getting one after the other. The high-pressure system is sitting further south and that is directing humidity over the eastern seaboard,” she said. “It’s not an unusual pattern, but it’s unusually resistant.”


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