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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Australia's average temperature for 5 days above 39 C (102 F) -- never before in history

Click on map to see temperature scale.

Never before in recorded history has Australia experienced 5 consecutive days of national-average maximum temperatures above 39 C (102.2 F). Until today.

42 C = 107.6 F      45 C = 113 F 

This heat is expected to continue for another 24-48 hours, extending the new record run to 6 or even 7 days.

For context, the previous record of 4 days occurred once only (1973) and 3 days has occurred only twice (1972 and 2002). 

Latest weather observations for South Australia:

Map for comparison of land masses:

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