Data from NASA’s Aqua satellite depicts the January 2013 record-setting heat in Australia that lasted for weeks, mirroring a pattern that occurred in the continental United States during 2012.
Temperatures regularly eclipsed 45°C (113°F) in multiple locations across the continent. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Australia set a new record for the highest temperature averaged across the entire nation: 40.33°C (104.59°F) on January 7. The national average reached 40.11°C (104.20°F) the following day.
The overnight minimum temperature for January 7–8 also set new a record—32.36°C (90.25°F)—contributing to the hottest two-day period in Australia’s recorded history.
Each of the first eight days of 2013 was among the 20 hottest days on record. The scorching weather continued a trend of four consecutive months (September to December 2012) where temperatures were the highest on record.
Image courtesy of NASA.