Weather records have been smashed as Australia continues to swelter through one of its hottest summers on record.
Outback South Australia was the hottest place on earth on Earth on Tuesday, where temperatures nudged 50 degrees.
Forecasters warned more records are expected to be broken in New South Wales and Victoria in the coming days.
Tarcoola in South Australia’s far north reached its hottest temperature in 58 years with 49 degrees at 3.20pm on Tuesday while Port Augusta recorded its hottest day on record when it officially reached 48.9.
‘They’re all time high temperatures for those locations,’ SA Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tom Bock told Daily Mail Australia.
‘They were more than likely the hottest places on Earth today. There’s been a build up of heat for a while in the north of the state, which has continued to build.
Locals in Port Augusta claim the mercury soared past 50 degrees with a photo posted to social media platform Reddit recording 52 outside The Transcontinental at 1pm.
‘I’m dying up here,’ the post was captioned.
Oak Valley in the state’s west also reached almost 50 degrees, where children kept themselves cool by splashing themselves with buckets of water from a tank, Nine News reported.
Mr Bock told Daily Mail Australia South Australia’s heatwave will continue this week before a welcome cool change this weekend.
Elsewhere in Australia, January records were also broken in New South Wales.
While Broken Hill sweltered through its warmest night in 60 years with a minimum temperature of 33, Hay in the state’s Riverina was the hottest place in NSW on Tuesday with 47, followed by Ivanhoe in the state’s west with 46.8, its hottest ever day in January.
More records will be smashed in the next few days, according the NSW Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jake Phillips.
It’s going to get hotter right across NSW and will be 1-2 degrees warmer than anywhere in Australia,’ Mr Phillips told Daily Mail Australia.
‘A large part of the state will be above 40 degrees with many places in the state’s west set to soar past 45. We’re expecting a bunch of January and annual records to be broken from tomorrow through to Friday.’
Victoria is also middle of a scorching heatwave where Mildura and Swan Hill in the state’s north reached a high of of 45.8 on Tuesday.
Wednesday will be the worst of Victoria’s heatwave with Mildura, Swan Hill, Echuca, Albury and Rutherglen all set to soar past 46.
‘Parts of Victoria is at risk of breaking January and all time weather records on Wednesday,’ Victorian Bureau of Meteorology Michael Efron told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We’ll then see a bit more cloud cover but temperatures in some places will remain in the low to mid 40s.
Parts of Queensland’s west will also experiences severe heatwave conditions this week.
Birdsville will bear the brunt of the relentless heat, soaring to 46 degrees on Thursday.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lauren Patti said it was ‘ridiculously hot’ but it would fall short of Birdsville’s 49 degree January record.
Overnight temperatures hovering around 30 degrees have added to the heat stress.
‘It is normal for Birdsville to have hot temperatures but what is unusual is for it to be over an extended period of time normally we would not have minimums that high at the same time, so there is no relief,’ Ms Patti said.
Most of Queensland will escape the heatwave, with Brisbane expecting temperatures in the low 30s.