Records broken as WA’s Pilbara chokes

Parts of Western Australia’s Pilbara region suffocated on their hottest day on record with temperatures reaching 50C.

Mercury in Roebourne hit a new high just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

It puts in the shade the previous record for the municipality of 49.4C in December 2011.

Karratha, also on the northwest coast of WA, hit 48.4 ° C to surpass its previous high of 48.2 ° C.

The highest temperature ever recorded in WA is 50.5 ° C, posted in February 1998 in the small outpost of Pilbara in Mardie. The mercury climbed to 48.4 ° C on Thursday.

The scorching heat is expected to ease somewhat in Roebourne and Karratha on Friday, but another 49C day is expected further up the coast at Onslow.

Temperatures were also good in the 1940s in parts of the Goldfields and Gascoyne areas, while Perth had a balmy day of 26C.

Meanwhile, a severe weather warning has been issued for residents of parts of the far north Kimberley region, including Kununurra and Wyndham.

The office said a deep tropical depression was about to cross the border from the Northern Territory, resulting in heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding.

Devastating wind gusts of up to 100 km / h are expected from Thursday afternoon.


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