Data analyzed on Wednesday by the government Bureau of Meteorology indicated that national heat records had again been set. The average temperature across the country on Tuesday was the highest since statistics began being kept in 1911, at 40° Celsius (104° Fahrenheit), exceeding a mark set only the day before. Meteorologists have had to add two new color bands to their forecast maps, extending their range up to 129° Fahrenheit.
via Record Heat Fuels Widespread Fires in Australia – NYTimes.com.
I”m glad the mainstream media are picking this up and featuring it. Front page of the NY Times also PBS New Hour. Chicago is frighteningly warm.