SYDNEY — Australia experienced its hottest day on record and temperatures are expected to soar even higher as heatwave conditions embrace most of the country.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the average temperature across the country of 105 Fahrenheit Tuesday beat the record of 104 Fahrenheit from Jan. 7, 2013.
“This hot air mass is so extensive, the preliminary figures show that yesterday was the hottest day on record in Australia, beating out the previous record from 2013 and this heat will only intensify,” bureau meteorologist Diana Eadie said in a video statement on Wednesday.
The weather bureau said temperatures in southern and central Australia on Thursday may reach between 8 and 16 degrees higher than normal.
The Highest Temperature Recorded in Any Location in Australia Was 123 Fahrenheit
On Wednesday temperatures soared to 118 Fahrenheit in Birdsville, Queensland, 116 Fahrenheit in Mandora, Western Australia and similar levels in southern and central Australia.
The highest temperature reliably recorded in any location in Australia was 123 Fahrenheit in January 1960, at Oodnadatta, a desert settlement in outback South Australia.
High temperatures and strong winds are also fanning bushfires around Australia, including more than 100 in New South Wales state where heat and smoke have caused an increase in hospital admissions.
Cooler conditions are forecast from Friday.