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Records boil over in hot start to new year

By Anthony Stewart, Friday January 11, 2013 - 17:09 EDT
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At Uluru, the maximum temperature has not fallen below 44C for the past six days. - ABC

The Northern Territory has had a sweltering start to 2013, with many places setting new temperature records.

In the remote Aboriginal community of Kintore, more than 500 kilometres west of Alice Springs, the maximum peaked at 46.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, the highest Territory temperature in 23 years.

At Uluru, the maximum temperature has not fallen below 44C for the past eight days.

Central Australia has been suffering through its longest and hottest heatwave since records began, and it is expected to last at least another week.

Weather bureau forecaster Joel Lisonbee from the Bureau of Meteorology says temperature records are being broken across the Territory.

'It has been the hottest start of the year across the whole Northern Territory. including up into the Top End," he said.

"When comparing the first week of January this year with the first week of January of years past, 74 per cent of the Northern Territory has had the hottest start of any January on record."


- ABC

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