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Hotest day of December on record in Australia - most of it over 42C

Accepted submission by c0lo at 2019-12-18 07:42:32 from the let-it-snow-let-it-snow-let-it-snow dept.

Only 6 years after the weathermen needed a new color [] for just one spot of extreme temperatures on the map, this is how it looks [] when that color needs to be used for over 30% of the Australia's area.
And that for 3 days in a row, starting today, Dec 18 2019 (like, meh, just a balmy 40C in Melbourne at 18:30, she'll be apples).

BBC - Australia heatwave: Nation endures hottest day on record []

Guardian Australia heatwave: records forecast to be broken as temperatures surge past 40C [] An extreme heatwave is about to swipe across Australia, raising maximum temperatures up to near 50°C (122°F) in S/SE parts of the continent, breaking many all-time records! []

AFP Australia has its hottest day on record, more to come []

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