The Hottest National Temperature on Record

Date of Record: 07/01/2013

Monday, January 7, 2013 was the hottest day in Australian history, averaged over the entire country, confirmed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The highest average temperature was 105°F (40.3°C), eclipsing the previous record of 104°F (40.2°C) set on 21 December 1972.

Never before in 103 years of record keeping has a heat wave this intense, wide-spread, and long-lasting affected Australia. The national average high temperature exceeded 102°F (39°C) for six consecutive days January from 2 to 7, the first time that has happened since record keeping began in 1910.