“A once-in-20-years heatwave event.” That’s how the meteorology people have described a spell of very hot weather predicted to hit a swath of central Australia, stretching from Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta in South Australia up to Birdsville in south-west Queensland.
Maximum daily temperatures in that region are expected to be 45°C or higher every day for the next week or so. That’s 113° Fahrenheit.
This underlines the danger involved in travelling in the Outback in the summer. Not only is the danger to life in the event of vehicle breakdown significant, but the stress on a vehicle due to extreme heat – and hence the chance of breakdown – is certainly higher. See The Desert Demands Respect II (posted in this blog on December 16, 2012), about the five members of the Page family who perished on the Birdsville Track at Christmas time in 1963.