It’s official: Adelaide is baking in its hottest day on record, with the temperature hitting 46.3 degrees at 2.50pm on West Terrace. The city’s previous record was 46.1, logged on West Terrace on January 12, 1939.

Outside the city the temperature was higher still, hitting an obscene 47.5 in Kent Town at the Bureau of Meteorology’s old office (which is no longer the official recording station).

BoM senior meteorologist Brett Gage tells Broadsheet the scorching temperatures “may not end up being our record just yet,” with the potential to continue rising through the afternoon. “It’s going to stay hot,” he warns.

Adelaide had already reached 35.3 degrees by 9am this morning. At 3pm 18 locations across the state had hit record numbers, including Port Pirie at 46.9 (previous record 46.6), Clare at 44 (previously 43.7) and Port Lincoln at 47 (previously 46.1). The hottest place in the state was Tarcoola, which hit 48.8.

Some relief will arrive around midnight tonight. “It won’t be a strong change,” says Gage. “It will be fairly light to moderate winds, so people won’t notice it too much and it will take time to cool down in the early hours of Friday.”

A minimum of 24 is expected after sunrise before a top of 31 tomorrow – and a chance of an early thunderstorm. The weekend will be cooler still, reaching 30 on Saturday before dipping to a pleasant 27 degrees on Sunday.

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