Australia: Faced with the possibility of unprecedented temperatures in Central Australia, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has added new colors to its weather maps. Although the hottest temperature recorded in Australia is 123 degrees Fahrenheit, the new color scale reaches 129 degrees, as parts of Australia are expected to reach highs of 122-126 degrees next week. Areas where temperature was above 122ºF (50ºC) will be marked in deep purple and terrifying hot pink. It is an interesting moment in data visualisation history when climate scientists find themselves in the position of revising the upper bounds of temperatures they ever expected to depict.
The move is a result of predictions of upcoming record temperatures, following an already seven-day record-breaking heatwave that’s brought with it more than a hundred wildfires and a “catastrophic” danger to some of the most populous parts of the country.