The town of Onslow, in northwestern Australia, registered a maximum temperature of 50.7 degrees on Thursday, which equals the record for the hottest day in the oceanic country and the Southern Hemisphere, set in the Australian desert in 1960.
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“If confirmed, the 50.7 degree temperature at Onslow Airport in Western Australia is similar to the highest temperature ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere,” meteorologist Ben Domensino noted on Twitter last night.
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Australia, a country where extreme temperatures are frequent during the austral summer, had registered a record of 50.7 degrees in the remote town of Oodnadatta, in the center of the country, 62 years ago, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology recalled last night. Occidental on social media.
Experts have warned for years that Australia will increasingly suffer extreme heat and forest fires as a result of climate change, as well as rising water levels, flood risks and ocean acidification.
The “State of the Climate 2018” report prepared by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the scientific agency CSIRO indicates that from 1910 to the present the temperature of the country’s climate and the surrounding sea surface has increased by more than one degree.
On the planet, the last seven years were the warmest since there is data and 2021 the sixth hottest since there are records, according to a report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published yesterday.
The temperature of the Earth’s land and ocean surface over the past year was 0.84 ° C above the 20th century average, making 2021 the 45th consecutive year with temperatures above the average of the last century.
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