The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) predicts Adelaide will hit a sweltering 45 degrees tomorrow following days of extreme temperatures.
The expected maximum is 1.1 degree shy of Adelaide’s hottest day on record, which was logged at 46.1 on West Terrace on January 12, 1939. The next hottest temperature on record is 45.7, recorded at Kent Town on January 10, 2009 (no data was recorded on West Terrace between 1979 and 2018).
Temperatures up north are expected to reach 47 degrees in Oodnadatta and 46 degrees in Coober Pedy and Moomba. So perhaps avoid any road trips upstate.
Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) duty forecaster Hannah Marsh told Broadsheet temperatures this summer have been “above average”. Port Augusta broke its record temperature last week with a top of 48.9.
The SES has issued extreme heat warnings for today and tomorrow. “Heat-related illness can affect anyone, even the very fit, and can result in severe health issues including heat exhaustion and heatstroke,” SES chief officer Chris Beattie said in a statement on Monday.
“Older people, those with a pre-existing medical condition and young children and babies are most at risk. Reports from interstate indicate children are being left in cars. Under no circumstances should children or pets be left in a parked car, even with the windows open and the air conditioner running.”
Relief will come in the early hours of Friday morning. “We are expecting a change to come through towards midnight Thursday, so we’re looking at a cooler 33 for Friday and 30 Saturday,” says Marsh.
Sunday’s forecast is 27 degrees before temperatures rise again to 33 on Tuesday. Today is expected to reach 40 degrees.