Heat records tumble as Karratha, Port Hedland and Roebourne swelter through scorching Pilbara day

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
Cheyanne EncisoPilbara News
Penny, Chloe, 5, and Caleb, 7, Milligan.
Camera IconPenny, Chloe, 5, and Caleb, 7, Milligan. Credit: Cheyanne Enciso/Pilbara News

January heat records have tumbled across the Pilbara with temperatures nearing 50 degrees in several towns before noon on Thursday.

Residents in Karratha, Roebourne, Port Hedland and Marble Bar woke to temperatures in excess of 40 degrees by 9am Thursday morning and the mercury only climbed from there, with most of the Pilbara climbing above 40 degrees by 9.30am.

Karratha’s record of 48.2 degrees set in 2003 was eclipsed just after 11am Thursday.

It's a bit toasty in the Pilbara today.
Camera IconIt's a bit toasty in the Pilbara today. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr/Tom Zaunmayr

And Roebourne recorded its hottest ever day when it reached 49.6 degrees at 12.17pm.

Port Hedland’s temperature was also climbing into the high 40s before noon, while Onslow, Newman, Marble Bar and Paraburdoo were sitting in the mid 40s.

The hottest day ever recorded in the Pilbara was in 1998, when Mardie Station south of Karratha registered 50.5 degrees, a West Australian record.

Oliver Bechard, 3.
Camera IconOliver Bechard, 3. Credit: Cheyanne Enciso/Pilbara News

Australia’s hottest ever day was 50.7 degrees, recorded in the South Australian town of Oodnadatta in 1960.

The hottest January day on record in Australia is 49.9 degrees, set in 2019.

Many flocked to the Karratha Leisureplex pools for some relief including Melanie Caddick and her three-year-old daughter Carys.

“It’s super hot today so we’ve just come to escape the heat at home and trying to get the toddler a little bit more active and she’s loving it,” Ms Caddick said.

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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