Red centre sizzles in early season heatBen McBurney, Monday September 2, 2013 - 13:53 EST
Australia's interior has been frying in record early season heat as temperatures soar into the mid 30s.
For Alice Springs, it is the hottest on record for this time of year in 72 years of records, with the last three days exceeding 34 degrees. This included 36.5 degrees yesterday, the hottest start to spring on record, as well as the hottest it has ever been this early in the warming season.
Meanwhile, Yulara (Ayers Rock) has averaged a touch above 34 degrees the last three days, its hottest transition from winter to spring on record.
It reached a sizzling 35.4 degrees yesterday, the hottest it has been this early in the warming season on record. The town is expected to hit 36 degrees today and is forecast to reach 33 degrees until at least Thursday.
A persistent area of high pressure has generated clear skies, allowing the early build up of heat.
The region can expect the hot conditions to persist until at least the start of next week.
© Weatherzone 2013
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