Adelaide Is Now Officially Australia’s Hottest Capital City
You could also think of it as Australia's least cool capital.
Well, Adelaide is now officially Australia’s hottest capital city, after blazing its way to a record-breaking 46.6 degrees during the heatwave yesterday.
It steals the title of hottest (or alternatively, least cool) capital from Melbourne, which set the previous record of 46.4 degrees in 2009. Adelaide wasn’t even the hottest part of the country yesterday, either — elsewhere in South Australia, temperatures hit 48.6 degrees. So many records were broken yesterday that it’s futile to even try listing them. I mean, look:
Here are just a handful of the heat records broken during this heatwave. These records are falling so fast and in so many locations it's becoming futile to try and keep up on one infographic. #climatechange pic.twitter.com/Bkt0sKqNyc
— Climate Council (@climatecouncil) January 24, 2019
And while Adelaide’s much cooler today, the heatwave continues in Victoria and Tasmania, which may break records of their own.
Melbourne’s forecast to hit around 44 degrees, which would make it the hottest day since Black Saturday in 2009. There’s a total fire ban in place across the state, and experts are warning people to look after themselves in the heat, which is “not just a normal summer” heat.
A cool change is forecast to arrive in Victoria in the afternoon, but until then it’s going to be a very, very hot day. Meanwhile, in Alice Springs, the heat’s just become a fact of life:
RAISE YOUR GLASSES AND SPARE A THOUGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF ALICE SPRINGS WHO ARE TODAY EXPERIENCING THEIR 13TH CONSECUTIVE DAY ABOVE 42C. PHENOMENAL.#heatwave #farkinghothothot pic.twitter.com/alX47dwWn2
— The NT News (@TheNTNews) January 24, 2019
manually cooling down chickens in the australian heatwave pic.twitter.com/OftKPvylaL
— Dave (@garbagepoison) January 24, 2019
It goes without saying that breaking this many heat records at once is not normal. And while people can bicker endlessly about whether this particular heatwave was caused by climate change or just a freak event, it’s pretty clear that continued climate change is only going to make this kind of event worse.
If you’re feeling the heat today, look after yourself first and foremost, but spare a minute to go ahead and pester Scott Morrison about taking climate change seriously already.
— Environment Victoria (@EnviroVic) January 24, 2019