Temperatures in Sydney on Friday hit their highest levels since records began 150 years ago, after an Australian government agency warned of more frequent and intense heatwaves in the future.
In Sydney the temperature smashed the previous hottest recorded temperature peaking at 45.8 degrees Celsius (114.4 Fahrenheit). The old record, of 45.3 C, was set in January 1939.
"We haven't seen a day like this in Sydney's recorded history."said meterologist Dick Whitaker
It is the latest record to fall as Australia swelters under a heatwave that has affected 70 percent of the country and created what experts have called a "dome of heat" over the outback.
"The highest temperature recorded in the Greater Sydney Area was 46.5 C at Penrith."
The scorching heat follows a long period of exceptionally widespread hot weather for Australia. The country experiences its hottest day on record on January 7th this year with the average maximum temperature hitting 40.33 degrees.
And Australia, the world's largest coal exporter has plenty more by way of extreme heat and all sorts of other weather extremes to look forward to . The heatwaves will be longer, and hotter and more frequent .The temperature extremes will happen more often and there ill be more hot, less cold and increase in extreme fire warnings.
The recent Climate Commission report pointed to a rough time ahead for Australia .
Report author Professor David Karoly said,“The baseline conditions have shifted. We live in a hotter world and the risk of more frequent and severe extreme weather has already increased.”
“The length, extent and severity of the current heatwave is unprecedented. While typical summer heatwaves influence a region, this heatwave has affected over 70% of Australia. Long-standing temperature records across Australia have been broken.”
“Although Australia has always had heatwaves, hot days and bushfires, climate change is increasing the risk of more frequent and longer heatwaves and more extreme hot days, as well as exacerbating bushfire conditions.
“Climate change has contributed to making these extreme heat conditions and bushfires worse.”
Ouch , Australia...its getting hot over there in the Lucky Country .