New Color Code for Australia's Weather Map

It's hot down under. How hot is it? It's so hot, they had to come up with a new color for the weather map. It's true!

Central Australia was shown with a purple area on the latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast map issued for next Monday, a new colour code suggesting temperatures will soar above 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).

The bureau's head of climate monitoring and prediction David Jones said the new scale, which also features a pink code for temperatures from 52 to 54 degrees, reflected the potential for old heat records to be smashed.

"The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," Jones told Fairfax newspapers.

Monday set a new record, recording the highest "average maximum highs" across the continent ever recorded. Link -via Jason Kottke

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