Heat wave

Hottest towns in WA

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Mar­ble Bar spent last month swel­ter­ing through one of its hottest De­cem­bers on record — but don’t try to con­vince the lo­cals it was warmer than usual.

The no­to­ri­ously hot in­land Pil­bara town eclipsed its all-time 49.2C heat record on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 27, reach­ing 49.3C at 3.40pm.

Mar­ble Bar res­i­dent Lang Cop­pin said while the heat may have seemed un­bear­able to south­ern­ers, it was busi­ness as usual for res­i­dents.

“Once it gets to 40, a few more degrees doesn’t seem to make much of a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

“The out­side, phys­i­cal kind of stuff we try get done in the morn­ing, then just jump un­der a shady tree for the af­ter­noon.

“We do have the town pool here, which is a bloody life­saver.”

While Mar­ble Bar stole most of the heat head­lines, scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures have been felt across the in­land Pil­bara that week.

New­man reached 46C at 3.12pm on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 27, 0.5C above its De­cem­ber record.

Roe­bourne Aero near Kar­ratha reached 48.9C just be­fore noon the same date, 0.5C short of an all-time record.

With the pool closed, Roe­bourne res­i­dent Tyson Mowarin pho­tographed the vol­un­teer fireys as they drove out to pro­vide re­lief from the heat.

“Roe­bourne fire brigade came to the kids’ res­cue and an­swered the call to come and cool down these cool kids,” he said.

Both sides of the Ex­mouth Gulf swel­tered too.

The tem­per­a­ture at Lear­month Aero near Ex­mouth climbed to 47.1C and Onslow 49.1C, 0.1C short of an all-time record for the town.

Ex­mouth res­i­dent Jackie Tap­per-Books took her fam­ily and guests snorkelling on the Nin­ga­loo Coast to es­cape the heat­wave.

“Over in Cape Range Na­tional Park it is gen­er­ally about 10 degrees cooler than what it is here in town,” she said. “We were at Turquoise Bay yes­ter­day and it was ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful.

“With all the ar­eas like the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre that are air-con­di­tioned now, you can al­ways es­cape the heat and the wa­ter is glo­ri­ous at this time of year.”

Ms Tap­per-Brooks said the town’s res­i­dent emu pop­u­la­tion tended to seek shel­ter from the heat un­der ve­ran­das and gar­dens at this time of year.

Weather Bureau duty fore­caster Rikus Lom­bard said tem­per­a­tures in the Pil­bara were ex­pected to stay in the 40s into the new year.

Pic­ture: Tyson Mowarin

Matt Wally and friends en­joy­ing the wa­ter spray from the Roe­bourne Fire Brigade's truck af­ter the pool was closed.

Pic­ture: Lisa Mitchell

Lily, 12, and Zoe Mitchell, 10, find a fun way to keep cool as the heat­wave hits their New­man home.

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