Australian Heatwave Halts Gas Pumping

The fuel is vaporizing

Noah Aldonas

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The Australian heatwave that has forced many from their homes and left 100 people missing has now made it impossible to pump gas in one town in the southern Outback. Oodnadatta—yes, that is the town’s real name—has hit a scorching 119 degrees Fahrenheit, only a four degrees off the national record, which the town also holds.

“The ground, the building, everything is so hot, you walk outside and you feel it’s going to burn you,” Pink Roadhouse owner Lynnie Plate said. Mrs. Plate said the Roadhouse couldn’t serve unleaded fuel after midday because it was vapourising and wouldn’t pump in the extreme heat.

Earlier this week, the country’s weather bureau added new colors to its heat index due to soaring temperatures across the center of the continent. God speed to all of the kangaroos out there trying to keep cool.


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