Mercury tops 50 degrees in the Pilbara as temperature records tumble

Published: January 13, 2022

Any grey nomad who chose to beat the crowds by ‘enjoying’ WA’s north west in the ‘off season’ is currently learning exactly why travellers are thin on the ground there at this time of the year.

And it’s not just hot there at the moment … it’s record breakingly hot!

Temperatures reached 50.7 degrees Celsius at Onslow at 2.26pm, matching Oodnadatta in outback South Australian which hit 50.7C on January 2, 1960.

Onslow’s previous record was 48.9C set in 2008.

The Pilbara town of Roebourne also recorded a temperature of 50 degrees just after midday.

It comes as several coastal Pilbara towns bake in high 40-degree weather which could still see more weather records tumble.

Heat in the Pilbara

According to Perth Now, Karratha had earlier recorded its hottest January day, registering 48.4 degrees before noon.

South of Karratha, Mardie reached 49.3 degrees, and Port Hedland’s top so far of 48.4 degrees is 0.6 degrees short of the record set in 2008.

Perth Now reports that there will be respite for the Pilbara coast tomorrow with a cool change forecast and temperatures expected to drop back to the high-30s and low 40s across most of the region.

Inland temperatures are expected to remain in the mid to high 40s, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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5 months ago

Coolgardie WA – In late December 2019 ( pre-covid) we were heading from Perth to Tasmania towing our van. Unfortunately the Eyre Hwy closed due to bushfires, we contemplated returning to Perth and cancelling our trip however decided to wait it out with many others in Coolgardie. We were there for 12 days before the hwy was re-opened with the temps mostly in the low 40’s. On a number of days it reached 46c. Our van was in full sun the whole time, fortunately we were connected to power at the C/V park with the air cond working non stop for the whole time. Great memories tho.


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