Preliminary results suggest that the 17th December was Australia's hottest day on record at 40.9 ºC, with the average maximum across the country as a whole, exceeding the previous record of 40.3 ºC on the 7th January 2013. https://t.co/TKwWBuFPgJ pic.twitter.com/xOFpokoXos
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) December 18, 2019
Australia experienced its hottest day ever recorded on Tuesday, according to preliminary results from its national Bureau of Meteorology.
The average maximum temperature across the country was 105.6 degrees Fahrenheit, topping the previous record of 104.5 degrees, set in January 2013.
There’s good reason to think that this record could be smashed again within the week — Diana Eadie, a meteorologist at Australia’s BOM, said that the heat on Wednesday “will only intensify.”