Australian town hits record high temperature of 50.7C

Australia has matched its highest temperature on record, a blistering 50.7 degrees Celsius

A remote town in Western Australia has equalled the country’s hottest day on record, reporting a scorching 50.7 degrees Celsius (123.26 degrees Fahrenheit), the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Such temperatures could become commonplace in Australia due to global warming, the country’s Climate Council warned.

“NEW Western Australian maximum temperature record and equal National temperature record!” the state’s Bureau of Meteorology posted on Twitter.

The country last recorded a temperature of 50.7C on January 2, 1960 at South Australia’s Oodnadatta Airport, according to the bureau’s website.

He said extreme temperatures were already having “deadly catastrophic consequences” in Australia.

Australia has experienced a summer with bushfires in the country’s west and deadly flooding on its eastern coast.

“In Sydney and Melbourne, we will see 50-degree summer days by 2030,” he said.  

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