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Australia Adds New Colors to Forecasting Chart

Record-breaking heat prompted the decision
Related: Earth
Jan. 8, 2013

Australia Bureau of Meteorology

A searing heatwave in Australia is breaking temperature records across the country. The first six days of 2013 were among the 20 hottest days on record, and temperatures are expected to rise in the coming days. In response to the off-the-charts heat, the nation's Bureau of Meteorology has added new colors - deep purple and pink - to its weather forecasting chart.

"The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit, told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia's all-time record temperature is 50.7 degrees Celsius (123.26 degrees Fahrenheit), but models for both Sunday and Monday are showing regions that are likely to be 50 degrees or hotter.

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