There were a number of areas in Sydney that were that hot yesterday (4 January) mate.
I don’t know why we are suffering this heatwave across Australia, but it has just about burnt our country to the ground. At the same time the US is struggling through incredible cold.
“While Australia battles record-smashing heat, interminable drought and deadly bushfires, the United States is in the grip of a polar vortex, with temperatures plunging to their lowest in history.
After Adelaide’s mercury soared to an unprecedented 46.6C last week, toppling a heat record from 1939, 12 people have died in freezing temperatures and heavy snow across America’s Midwest.
Authorities warned of the danger of “instant frostbite”.
Schools, offices and colleges were closed across the region with temperatures on Lake Michigan plunging to an icy -29C on Wednesday local time.
Chicago was colder than Antarctica, Alaska and the North Pole on Wednesday, and set to break its -32C record from 1985 early on Thursday.
Wind chill in northern Illinois could fall to a -48C, which the US National Weather Service called potentially “life threatening”, advising people not to drive or even leave their homes unless necessary.
Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Brian Hurley said Minnesota temperatures could hit -34C with a wind chill of -51C. “You’re talking about frostbite and hypothermia issues very quickly, like in a matter of minutes, maybe seconds,” he said.”
Tale of two hemispheres: World watching Australia’s record heat