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Mercury soars as the Pilbara swelters

Lucie Bell, Thursday January 9, 2014 - 19:10 EDT
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The Pilbara outback is baking this week, as temperatures almost hit 49 degrees - ABC

Stations in Western Australia's Pilbara are sweltering, as summer well and truly kicks in across the region.

Yesterday, a peak of 48.7 degrees was recorded just after 2pm at Onslow airport and just south of that, Joe Armstrong says it was roasting at Urala Station.

"It's 1:15pm and it's 48 degrees.

"We don't get too many hot days here because we're right on the coast. But when it's hot, it's really hot," he said.

"We've put the sprinkler on for the little birds, they're not faring too well, and we filled up the pool for the dogs."

Mr Armstrong said he had been outside working on the station until 10am and intended to use the rest of the day to catch up on work around the office.

Mardie Station, south-west of Karratha, recorded yesterday's second highest temperature, 47.5 degrees at 1:05pm.

Another scorcher is predicted for today, with the mercury again hovering above 40 degrees across the region.

A top of 47 degrees is expected for Onslow, Marble Bar and Paraburdoo.


© ABC 2014

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