Droughts and flooding rains: Australian state capital records its highest temperature EVER as severe flash flooding turns a town into a giant swimming pool
- Hobart, Tasmania, hit 40.9 degrees on Friday surpassing its previous temperature record, 40.8, set last month
- Meanwhile, north-west, Port Lincoln became deluged by heavy rainfall as flash floods lashed South Australia
- Residents have posted photos of metres-high water scaling buildings as cars reportedly began to float
Extreme weather on both ends of the spectrum has hit Australia, as Hobart records its highest-ever temperature while a South Australian city is flooded.
Hobart airport reached a scorching 40.9 degrees on Friday – breaking the previous record of 40.8 set on December 30.
Meanwhile, Port Lincoln, west of Adelaide, has become submerged by flash floods as rain lashes South Australia.
A resident’s photo show dark threatening clouds rolling over Port Lincoln, as severe rainfall pummelled down on the South Australian town
Rain water pooled into a shopping plaza’s car park, trapping vehicles and turning the town’s centre into a gigantic swimming pool
Residents have posted photos to social media of cars bogged in the water as it scaled up buildings.
There were reports the force of the floods caused some cars to float.
One woman was pictured taking advantage of the weather change by swimming in the deluge.
The storm has cut power throughout Port Lincoln and to Adelaide Hospital, which is now using a generator to run the 800-bed facility, ABC News reports.
Cars’ tyres became completely engulfed, with reports claiming the force of the floods caused some cars to float
One woman embraced the rain by diving into flood waters as they climbed above her waist, engulfing a Woolworth’s store