The Scorcher website provides a map that displays where in Australia a heatwave has recently occurred, and links to temperature records for more than 100 weather stations.
It also lists other interesting facts such as the longest heatwave, the hottest heatwave, and the hottest stand-alone day for each weather station.
Heatwaves occur all over the world, in both the southern hemisphere and in the northern hemisphere.
You might have seen news reports about how a heatwave in Europe caused more than 30,000 deaths, but what about heatwaves in Australia?
Are Australians more used to the heat and better prepared for heatwaves? Do people in Australia die of extreme heat?
Source: Disaster Resilience Education for Schools, Australian Government, 2012
A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity.Excessive heat is defined as temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region during summer months, last for an extended period, and often are accompanied by high humidity.
Source: Facts About Heatwaves, 2014.
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