Condition Purple

condition purple

As reported on Common Dreams last week:

“Wild fires continue to rage across Australia Tuesday and temperatures have become so hot the country’s Bureau of Meteorology was forced to add a new color—deep purple—to show areas that have exceeded all-time heat records.

Previously the Bureau’s heat index was capped at 48°C (118.4°F), but now recorded temperatures of over 50°C (122°F) have pushed the limit of the scale to an unheard of 54°C, which is equivalent to 129°F.”

Furthermore, an 11 January interview on National Public Radio with Dr. Karl Braganza, who manages climate monitoring at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s National Climate Centre, reveals that temperatures in south-central Australia have reached such extremes that roads have been found to be melting, and gasoline evaporating.

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