Temperatures recorded at the Pilbara towns of Roebourne and Mardie reached 50.5 degrees Celsius (122.9 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, while mercury in the small beachside town of Onslow soared to a blistering 50.7 degrees Celsius (123.2 degrees Fahrenheit), equalling a high last seen 62 years ago.
Video obtained by Reuters showed Roebourne resident Tyson Mowarin removing his flip-flops, walking barefoot on the ground before quickly turning back and soaking his feet in a basin of water. "I ran out of eggs to do the sun cooking eggs trick," he said.
Climate scientists and activists have raised alarm bells that global warming due to human-driven greenhouse gas emissions, especially from fossil fuels, is close to spiraling out of control. Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita, but the government has refused to back down from its reliance on coal and other fossil fuel industries, saying to do so would cost jobs.