The heatwave epidemic which has swept across Australia has seen temperatures reach more than 41C in some parts of the country.

Temperatures have become so extreme that the record for the hottest day in Australian history was beaten on two consecutive days.

A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales, where more than 100 fires have caught ablaze and hospital admissions have increased due to the heat and smoke.

Things have become so intense in Australia that even the metrological maps are beginning to struggle and have effectively run out of colours to represent just how hot it is.

What would usually be an intense red has transformed into a strange shade of purple, verging on grey and maybe even white.

Picture:Picture: Bureau of Meteorology

The Australian weather bureau have added that the temperatures in southern and central Australia could increase by anything between eight and sixteen degrees higher than the temperatures usually expected at this time of year.

Unsurprisingly the recent rise in heat has seen the temperatures break the record of 40.3C in Australia which was recorded way back in January, 2013.

Meteorologist Diana Eadie is quoted as saying:

This hot air mass is so extensive, the preliminary figures show that yesterday was the hottest day on record in Australia, beating out the previous record from 2013 and this heat will only intensify.

HT Metro

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