Scary-hot conditions the last two weeks in Australia were not helped by cyclone Narelle, usually the only “help” a cyclone can be counted on to provide. The first 8 days of this year were some of the hottest on record in the country for the last century.
Brisbane in particular has reached its highest temps in seven years, hitting 30 and 34 degrees Celsius (86 and 93 Fahrenheit) on January 11 and 12. Hotter still is Bankstown projected to reach a ridiculous 41 C (or 105.8 F). As high as those numbers are, the inland area of NSW may have it even worse, hitting 54 C (129.2 F).
This uptick in the mercury prompted meteorologists in the area to add a new color to their heat maps. A lovely deep purple will show the range from 50 to 52, and a pink will highlight 52-54 C. Why a color more associated with a blazing inferno was not chosen is still a mystery.
Read the full weather report, and feel grateful if you live in a cooler climate right now, here.