South Australian heatwave 2019: Records fall as cities, towns swelter

South Australia’s northern regional centres were the hottest places in the nation as the state sweltered through its second heatwave for January. 

After records tumbled in Port Augusta the previous week when the maximum temperature hit an all-time high of 48.9c, neighbouring city Port Pirie was next to rewrite the record books after recording a high of 46.4c by 1.40pm on Thursday, January 24.

The mercury continued to soar in the afternoon for Port Pirie as the temperature climbed above 48c.

Whyalla also altered the history books with the temperature soaring to 48.5c by late in the afternoon. 

By the mid-afternoon, Port Augusta beat its week-old record as the maximum hit 49.5c at 4.22pm with the city becoming the hottest centre in Australia.

The extreme weather conditions saw an increased media focus on Port Augusta with television crews reporting on the high temperatures from various locations at the Upper Spencer Gulf city. 

Further afield, Port Lincoln beat its previous record when it reached 47c.

Snowtown, in the Mid North, joined the record-breaking list with 47.3c and weather monitoring locations across Adelaide, including Adelaide Airport, Adelaide city centre and Parafield, also saw historic highs.

EXTREME HEAT

Temperatures across SA

Port Augusta 49.5

Ceduna 48.6

Whyalla 48.5

Port Pirie 48.6

Port Lincoln 48.3

Adelaide 46.6

Naracoorte 44.8

Mount Gambier 44

Renmark 46.1

Clare 44.9

Snowtown 47.3

Roseworthy 48.3

Cleve 46.7

Tarcoola 49.1

Kingscote 45.4

Kadina 47.9

Nuriootpa 46

Murray Bridge 46.8