Extreme Heat: Australia Adds New Colors to Weather Map

It is summer in Australia and it is hot!  Facing unprecedented heat, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has added two new temperature categories – with corresponding colors – to their forecast map.

Previously capped at 50°C (122°F), the new map can represent readings up to 54°C  (129.2°F). Deep purple and hot pink will now indicate areas experiencing these new temperature ranges.

While Australia’s all time record high of 50.7°C (123.3°F), set on January 2,1960 in South Australia, currently still stands, this revised map anticipates a new record high.  For many, it also reflects a new climate reality.

Australian Bureau of Metereology temperature map with new colors to show extreme heat.  Image Credit: ABM

Australian Bureau of Metereology temperature map with new colors to show extreme heat.   Image Credit: ABM

One thought on “Extreme Heat: Australia Adds New Colors to Weather Map

  1. Pingback: Australian Heat Wave 2014 | The Weather Gamut

Comments are closed.