tagged w/ new colour
08 Jan 2013 - By Jonathan Pearlman
A seven-day record-breaking heatwave has led to a mass outbreak of fires across the country and warnings of “catastrophic” conditions in the most populous state of New South Wales.
In Sydney, temperatures reached 108F (42C), as authorities confirmed that a nationwide average of 104.6F (40.33C) on Monday was the hottest day in recorded history, surpassing a previous mark set in 1972.
The scorching conditions are set to continue into the coming week and prompted the national Bureau of Meteorology to take the extraordinary measure of revamping its weather charts. New colours have been added to forecasting maps — deep purple and pink — to mark out areas experiencing peaks above 122F (50C).
The colours have come in for immediate use, with large purple blotches appearing on the weather map for next Sunday and Monday. Temperatures in parts of the state of South Australia are tipped to exceed 122F (50C).08 Jan 2013 - By Jonathan Pearlman
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