Australia is Getting So Hot the Government Was Forced to Add a Color to Its Heat Maps


New highs forecast in Australia have forced the government to add a new color to its heat maps, AFP reports:

Central Australia was shown with a purple area on the latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast map issued for next Monday, a new colour code suggesting temperatures will soar above 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). The bureau's head of climate monitoring and prediction David Jones said the new scale, which also features a pink code for temperatures from 52 to 54 degrees, reflected the potential for old heat records to be smashed.

"The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," Jones told Fairfax newspapers. Australia's all-time record temperature is 50.7 degrees, set in January 1960 at Oodnadatta in the state of South Australia.


  1. G says

    Don’t idle your car, drive less and go electric if you can.

    Green Houses are no joke. Here in Florida 80 something is the new normal. We’ve had the hottest winter ever. One populated island off the coast of India is already gone, submerged (actually 4 years ago). What else is it going to take?

  2. Eric says

    Wait, “the bureau’s head of climate monitoring and prediction David Jones” “anticipates” that is why the new colors were added? Shouldn’t he know?

  3. andrew says

    On a lighter note, if you want to see how hot Australia really is, check out the guys who play Australian style football. SMOKIN !!!