Published on 14 Jan. 2022 at 8: 31
This is the highest temperature recorded in Australia in 50 years. On Thursday, the mercury reached a record temperature of 50,7°C in Onslow, a remote town located on the northwest coast of Western Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology announced.
At this time of year, the temperature is traditionally between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius in this region. Such extreme temperatures could become commonplace due to global warming, the Australian Climate Council has warned.
Faced with such a heat wave, the Australian authorities advised the population not to go out this Friday. “New heat record in Western Australia and national temperature record equaled! “, announced the State Bureau of Weather on Twitter. On January 2 1960, the country had recorded a temperature of 50,7°C at Oodnadatta airport in South Australia, according to the Bureau’s website.
A long-term trend
Climate Council director Martin Rice said the record is part of a long-term trend of global warming driven by the burning of coal, oil and gas. According to him, these extreme temperatures are already having ” fatal catastrophic consequences” in Australia.
“Heat waves kill silently 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 floods on its east coast.
According to Martin Rice, without a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, these record heats could become common. “In Sydney and Melbourne, from here 2030, we will have summer days in 50 degrees”, he estimated.