South Australia braces for extreme heat, as Adelaide prepares for hottest day in more than a year

Temperatures are set to soar up to 47 degrees Celsius in some parts of South Australia today, while Adelaide could swelter through its hottest day in more than a year. 

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast a top of 41C for Adelaide today – the first time the city is expected to reach the temperature since December 27, 2022. 

The BOM has issued an extreme heatwave warning for the North West Pastoral district, as well as a severe heatwave warning for the Flinders and North East Pastoral districts.

Oak Valley is tipped to reach 47C while Ceduna, Wudinna, Tarcoola and Oodnadatta are forecast to hit 46C. 

Hot night in far north

Minimum temperatures on Monday night remained in the 30s in some parts of the state, with Oodnadatta experiencing a low of 35.8C overnight. 

Manager of the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta Simon Gunther told ABC Radio Adelaide it was “well over” 36C just before 6:30am.

“We peaked just under 46C yesterday about 5:30 last night, this is read out of the airport obviously so it’s a little bit warmer in town here,” he said. 

“I think we’re gonna get to around 47C today, so we might try and fry and egg on a bonnet or something like that.

“There’s very few tourists around at the moment, and the locals are laying fairly low, if you’re out here at this time of year driving around you’ve pretty much got rocks in your head.”

BOM has issued heatwave warnings for parts of SA.(ABC News: Che Chorley)

Staying healthy in the heat

The state’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier warned South Australians to keep cool ahead of the hot weather, which she said could particularly impact vulnerable groups including small children and older people. 

“Avoid the hottest part of the day which is around 3pm, and if you’re going to be outside wear long-sleeve, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing,” she said. 

“Never leave a child or infant in a car, it gets incredibly hot incredibly quickly, even for a very short amount of time, and the same goes for pets.

“We just do not want to see those preventable accidents happening in our community.”

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier is warning people to take precautions. (ABC News; Che Chorley)

Professor Spurrier suggested people keep indoors or in cool areas when they can and look out for the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, like dehydration and heat stroke.

BOM senior forecaster Hannah Marsh said a cool change was expected to sweep the south-west of the state later today. 

“We are already seeing some thunderstorms about the north of the state, and we will see about the north and west that thunderstorm activity increasing on Tuesday, and then extending through western and southern parts on Wednesday,” she said. 

A rain band is due to hit Adelaide on Thursday, when the temperature is expected to drop to 25C. 

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