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Fri Mar 13, 2020, 08:37 AM

Oz's Hottest Town Hit 113F Or Higher 32 Days In 2019; How Much Longer Can Residents Live There?

As the sun started to rise in Marble Bar, the temperature was already nudging 90 degrees: cool, by local standards. The remote desert outpost, where the temperature soars above 95 degrees Fahrenheit for an average of 200 days a year, calls itself the “hottest town in Australia,” as it swelters through heat waves hotter and longer than anywhere else on the searing continent.

Local residents, or at least the most acclimatized ones, embrace the title. It draws offbeat tourists to the town of fewer than 200 people, a dusty strip where the burning earth can melt the soles of shoes and the water running from the “cold” tap comes out hot.

While other Australian towns have hit higher peak temperatures, it’s the ceaseless, stifling heat that has made Marble Bar notorious. By the end of the Southern Hemisphere summer, the town had broken its own record, with the thermostat hitting at least 113 degrees on 32 days.


By the end of the century, Marble Bar, about a thousand miles northeast of Perth in Western Australia, could be an average of 3 to 4.5 degrees Celsius warmer, according to figures from the Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. “People don’t talk about it because they really don’t want to know if they’re going to fry or not,” Louise Mawson, a local government worker, said of climate change.



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