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Adelaide temperature hits 44 degrees Celsius ahead of cooler change

Sunday January 28, 2018 - 15:40 EDT
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There was plenty of space on some beaches, including at Aldinga where vehicles can drive onto the sand. - ABC licensed

Adelaide has sweltered in a day of extreme heat, ahead of a change which the weather bureau expects will drop Monday's temperatures dramatically.

The mercury passed 44 degrees Celsius at the Kent Town monitoring station and another at Parafield in the northern suburbs during Sunday afternoon, while the official CBD recording station notched almost 42C.



Some areas beyond Adelaide saw temperatures in the mid-40s, including Roseworthy, Snowtown, Port Pirie and Pallamana.

Outback Marree, Oodnadatta and Woomera hit 46C and Roxby Downs 45C during the afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology tweeted in the early afternoon that a change had passed through areas along the Great Australian Bight.



"There is a change on the way — Nullarbor is just 26C," it pointed out.

Many people took refuge wherever they could find air conditioning, from shopping centres to hotels and dining venues, or simply by staying holed up at home.



Some braved the beaches where maximums were in the mid to high 30s.

Once the change arrives, the Bureau said there was the chance of a shower and Monday's maximum was forecast to be in the high 20s, with more mid to high 20s likely until at least Thursday.

Fire crews were kept busy with callouts and the State Emergency Service said its teams dealt with numerous limbs which fell from large trees in the extreme conditions.


- ABC

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