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Temperatures reached almost 49 degrees in the Pilbara town of Onslow

Thursday January 9, 2014 - 09:19 EDT
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Onslow residents have sweltered through one of the town's hottest days ever. - ABC

Residents in the Pilbara town of Onslow have sweltered through one of their hottest days on record.

At 2:20pm yesterday, the town recorded its second hottest January day, with the temperature reaching 48.7 degrees celsius.

The town's hottest January day is 48.9, while the hottest day was in December 2011 when the mercury peaked at 49.2 degrees.

John Day from the local Caravan Park says despite the burning heat, he does not think locals were too worried.

"I saw the forecast for 49 degrees, so yeah that was pretty astounding," he said.

"But I mean, we're used to the heat up here.

"I guess it's a relativity thing. If Onslow's had exposure to the 43s and 44s, an extra couple of degrees is neither here nor there, you tend to just take it in your stride.

"If you speak to people in the shops, they'd probably say a similar sort of thing.

"Although, when you drive into Onslow off the North West Coastal Highway, you see 'Onslow The Cooler Coast'.

"I'm not sure who wrote that sign, because today it's not the cooler coast, that's for sure."

The temperature peaked above 48-degrees yesterday afternoon at Urala Station, about 33-kilometres south of Onslow.

The station's Joe Armstrong says it was a good day to stay indoors with the air-conditioner on.

He says he also filled up a pool for his dogs.

"We don't get too many hot days here because we are right on the coast but when it's hot, it's really hot. It's a quarter past one and it's 48 degrees. It's not real flash."

The forecast today is for a maximum of 47 degrees, dropping to 40 tomorrow.


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