50.7 degrees Celsius. Half way to water’s boiling point. That was the temperature recorded in Onslow, Western Australia, less than two weeks ago on January 13, 2022. Last week, Perth set a new record by having six days in a row with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. There have been more days exceeding 40 degrees in the state this summer than any previous summers. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, as according to the Bureau of Meteorology, the recent decade was the warmest on record for Australia, with temperatures about 1 degree Celsius above normal and a third of a degree higher than the preceding decade. We are learning the hard way, that unfortunately, as the earth warms, excessive heat is becoming increasingly prevalent.