Despite the mercury being tipped to hit 49 degrees in the small Western Australian outback town of Marble Bar, it is just another day for locals.
On Friday, the temperature had already reached 47.5 degrees at midday.
The manager of Marble Bar’s Iron Clad Hotel, Thomas Fox, told Fairfax Media he wasn’t expecting any more or any less people in the bar this afternoon.
“We expect the same amount of people, I can pretty much give you all the names of the people that’ll be here this afternoon,” he said.
“It’s Marble Bar, it’s bloody hot all the time, 44-45 degrees celsius is run-of-the-mill.”
Marble Bar set a record of 49.2 degree celsius in January, 1922.
Western Australia’s hottest recorded temperature was 50.5 degrees at Mardie in 1998, while the national record was set in 1960 by South Australia’s Oodnadatta when it reached 50.7 degrees.
Mr Fox said there were currently less than 100 people in town to which the heat “doesn’t make much difference”.
Northern Western Australia and parts of the Northern Territory are expecting temperatures nudging 50C as a heatwave drags into Australia during January.
Marble Bar and Roebourne are expecting tops of 49 degrees with 48 degrees in Port Hedland and Telfer, and 47 degrees in Paraburdoo, Pannawonica, Mount Augustus and Gascoyne Junction as a large, slow-moving mass of hot air sits over northern Western Australia, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mark Paull said.
“It’s summer, and we have pretty good easterly winds pushing pushing off through the Pilbara and the Gascoyne area, so that’s what’s causing those high temperatures.
Those winds are holding off the sea breezes,” he said.