It’s so Hot in Australia…They had to add new Categories to the Temperature Map Legend

The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colours – deep purple and pink – to extend its previous temperature range that had been capped at 50 degrees.


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

And that's 50 C aka 122 F for those in the U.S. The new range extends to 54 C aka 130 F. The change was made since some models predicted new record highs this past week.

The new colors go beyond current record temperature of 50.7, hit in 1960 in South Australia. Average country record temps have been recorded during the current heatwave and the 50.7 might be broken, too, save that areas where it's most likely, there are fewer monitoring stations.

While the change is interesting from a cartographic standpoint, it's not from a practical one: wildfires are breaking out across the country.

- Sydney Morning Herald

Published Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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