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.