48.6C: Hottest day on record

The weather record book has been rewritten for Port Pirie as the temperature soared past 48 degrees on Thursday, January 24.

The city was on track to break the weather record, with forecasts predicting that Port Pirie would reach the hottest temperature it has ever seen, 47 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s weather station, at Port Pirie airport, recorded an all-time high of 48.6 at 4.44pm.

The previous record was set on January 4 in 1979, when the city experienced 46.3.

By 9.30 am on Thursday, Port Pirie was the hottest place in the world reaching 41.2.

Neighbouring city Port Augusta soon took that title when the maximum temperature hit 49.5 – also a record. Whyalla also broke through the 48C barrier.

The city centre was quieter than usual as the heat continued to rise, with some businesses opting to close early. One place that did prove popular was the city’s new aquatic and leisure centre with children opting to get some cool relief at the multi-million-dollar facility.