It’s so hot in Australia, they have to add colors to their weather map

Posted on: 3:48 pm, January 8, 2013, by

Australia heat map has colors added to it. Image: Bureau of Meteorology

Australia heat map has colors added to it. Image: Bureau of Meteorology

SYDNEY, Australia — A heat wave in Australia is so hot, forecasters are adding colors to the weather map.

As a record-breaking heat wave hovers over many regions and territories (which are in their summer months now), the continent’s Bureau of Meteorology has added two new colors to the weather map to reflect the rising mercury.

The map currently shows the weather in orange tones at the top, which indicate temperatures 40 to 48 degrees Celsius. But forecasts are predicting off-the-charts weather. As a result, pink and purple will now cover temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius—should it climb that high.

For those rusty on the temperature conversion, that is a sweat-inducing 122 degrees Fahrenheit. (The record-setting temperature of 50.7 set in 1960 has, thankfully, still not been broken.)

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