An extreme heat wave that is breaking records across Australia is expected to peak in many parts of the country Friday, with temperatures forecast to stay above 40 C degrees Celsius (104 F) for the sixth day in a row.
The six days from January 12 to 17 are all within Australia’s ten hottest days on record, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said.
Marble Bar in northwestern Australia hit the highest temperature during the heat wave at a sweltering 49.1 C (120 F) on Sunday — a January record for the area. The town had seen more than 20 consecutive days of temperatures above 40 C (104 F).
On Wednesday, the New South Wales broke 14 heat records and eight January records. Conditions are so hot in the state that asphalt roads are starting to melt, CNN affiliate Nine News reported.
Records across South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria over the past week include 48.9 C (120 F) in Port Augusta, 47.8 C (118 F) in Andamooka and 46.4 C (115 F) in Griffith.
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