Records boil over in hot start to new yearBy Anthony Stewart, Friday January 11, 2013 - 17:09 EDT
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 2013
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Severe weather predicted for Tasmania's north and east on Friday has prompted a public warning from emergency services.
Rain and storms could bring flooding to parts of southern and southeast Australia during the next 24 hours.
People in Darwin and other parts of the Top End may be about to get relief from recent hot weather, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicting a monsoon trough will start to affect the area within days.