Australia is head­ing to­wards tem­per­a­tures you find in Hades. How much hot­ter does it need to get be­fore the dis­be­liev­ers join the rest of us to se­ri­ous­ly ad­dress cli­mate change and glob­al warm­ing?

The Sydney Morning Herald re­ports:

The Bureau of Meteorology’s in­ter­ac­tive weath­er fore­cast­ing chart has added new colours – deep pur­ple and pink – to ex­tend its pre­vi­ous tem­per­a­ture range that had been capped at 50 de­grees [122°F].

Never be­fore in 103 years of record keep­ing has a heat wave this in­tense, wide-spread, and long-lasting af­fect­ed Australia. The nation’s av­er­age high tem­per­a­ture ex­ceed­ed 102°F (39°C) for five con­sec­u­tive days January 2 – 6, 2013–the first time that has hap­pened since record keep­ing be­gan in 1910. Monday’s tem­per­a­tures ex­tend­ed that string by an­oth­er day, to six.


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