Illustration for article titled Australia Is So Hot They Had to Add New Colors to Their Weather Maps

It's super-hot in Australia right now: there are massive bush fires happening spontaneously and it's 95°F in Sydney at midnight. In fact, the Australian bureau of meteorology has recorded the highest ever known temperature in Australia—and as a result, it's had to add new colors to its weather maps.


The purple spot in the center of the country represents the new high temperature of 129.2°F, or 54°C. It's a brand new color to the scale, prompted by the crazy temperatures being experienced in Australia. The previous high, recorded in 1960, was 123°F, or 50.7°C. There's currently no word on what the next color might be, but presumably by the time we get there we'll all have melted into puddles of goo so it won't really matter. [Sydney Morning Herald via The Atlantic Wire]


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