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Australia equals hottest day on record at 50.7C


Australia has equalled its hottest day on record after a remote coastal town reported temperatures of 50.7C (123.26F).

On Thursday, the temperature in Onslow, Western Australia, matched a South Australian record set in 1962.

With temperatures expected to rise slightly on Friday, Onslow and the surrounding areas may set new records.

It comes after large bushfires were reported in Western Australia last month.

A fire near Margaret River charred over 6,000 hectares of land, forcing evacuations.

Onslow equaled the record at 14:26 local time on Thursday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (22:26 GMT).

According to local media, the average temperature in Onslow at this time of year is 36.5C.

On Thursday, temperatures in two other towns, Mardie and Roebourne, exceeded 50 degrees Celsius.

A lack of thunderstorms, according to Luke Huntington of the Bureau of Meteorology, had resulted in a buildup of hot air in the region.

People “take extra care to stay indoors with air conditioning, or if they must be outside, to stay in the shade and keep up with fluids,” he said.

One Roeburn resident, Mark Barratt, told ABC News that temperatures have got so high the air conditioning in their office had stopped working.

“Things are starting to feel the stress, that’s for sure,” he said.

Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Friday but then fall in the coming days, according to BBC weather forecaster Chris Fawkes.

The record-breaking heat comes just days after an EU satellite system report confirmed that the last seven years have been the hottest on record.

Heatwaves are becoming more common and more severe as a result of human-caused climate change.

The world has already warmed by about 1.2 degrees Celsius since the beginning of the industrial era, and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments around the world drastically reduce emissions.

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