FEELING THE HEAT: Adelaide records hottest day ever, hits a sweltering 46.3C

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Adelaide is sweating through the hottest day ever recorded with the mercury hitting 46.3C at 2.50pm Thursday afternoon.

The maximum temperature beats the previous record of 46.1C, recorded on January 12, 1939 — 80 years ago.

And Hilary Wilson, Meteorologist at the South Australian Bureau of Meterology told Business Insider that the capital isn’t the only city to break a record today.

“Right across the state, a number of records have been broken — 16 or so already and were only in the early hours of the afternoon… so we could expect see more [broken] this afternoon,” she said.

The record in Adelaide is almost 20 degrees above the average 28.6C maximum temperature for this time of year.

“It’s well, well above average,” said Wilson.

The record temperatures are the result of a hot air mass that has been building over inland Australia, according to the meteorologist.

“Robe is one of the only places in the state that isn’t over 40C,” she said.

“Everyone across South Australia is really feeling the heat right now.”

Looking ahead, Wilson forecast that neighbouring states, Victoria and New South Wales, can “expect to feel the heat over the next day or two”.

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