"I'm on the phone," says advertising agent Cheryl Manurung, politely to the guy at the bar who wants another beer.
"Wait a minute, you will not melt."
Except controversial, Marble Bar – a city of 175 people in the Pilbara region of Western Australia – is exactly where someone could melt waiting for a beer. During the summer, it is quite normal that it is the hottest city in the world.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), on December 27, around 3:00 pm, Marble Bar recorded a temperature of 49.3C. In 2018, now officially Australia's third hottest year, the highest temperature ever recorded in the country was recorded.
To date, the city has exceeded 23 days with maxima above 40 ° C.
"It was so long?" Says Mrs. Manurung who runs the city's Iron Clad hotel.
"We have some tourists who enter the hot season and comment on the heat and it is only then that we notice it."
that December day was exceptional, she says. "It was hot, but it was hot every day, we're just living the dream."
Yet the Iron Clad Hotel does not have the only mod that was supposed to be essential.
"We do not have air conditioning, we have the 'fans with'. It's a couple of fans, it's beer and a great service," he says.
If there is a vital resource in Marble Bar, it is ice. Ice for Emu beer and, if you're feeling a little extravagant, take a dip in the wine.
"You can not come to the warmest place in Australia and sit in the air-conditioning, you can have a cold beer instead."
Lang Coppin runs Marble Bar Holiday Park, a popular place for caravans and gray nomads on the inland road to Broome. But not in this period of the year.
"When temperatures rise, guests turn away from here," says Coppin at news.com.au.
"You can feel good, it could be a dry heat, but it's like a blast furnace of f ** king.
But it seems upset by the 23 days of the city over the years & # 40.
" This is normal enough for Marble Bar. I think we had 1
It was more than a few years ago, it was in the years." 20 But, says Neil Bennett of the BOM, the recent heat wave in the city was something else.
The 49th C was the hottest in the city, and in December, Marble Bar played 14 days above 45 ° C. Eight of these were one after the other, December's average daily maximum in December it was 44.1 C.
TOPOGRAPHY, GEOLOGY AND METEOROLOGY
"The locals are right in saying that 40C is normal, but when it starts to hit 45C it is dangerous. There is a certain degree of complacency in Marble Bar, of "Yes, it's hot friend", but this is an exceptional warmth we're talking about. They are recording records for them too, "Bennett said
. He points out that other places have been warmer." Oodnadatta in Southern Australia once recorded 50.7 ° C while also in WA, Mardie station – 100 km south of Karratha – reached 50.5 ° C. But it is the heat supported by the Marble Bar, the day after the bladder, which made it famous for observers of the time.
The reason is at least in part in the rocks.When the city was formed in 1893, after the gold was discovered, it took its name from what was thought to be a nearby Bar Marble.It turned out to be actually jasper, a quartz dyed red due to the iron content inside.
"The soil and rocks are basically iron that heats up during the day," Bennett said
"Topography, geology and meteorology come together to create very hot temperatures . "
HOT AIR & OUR GIFT OF SOUTHERN STATES
Meteorologically, the city lies north of the subtropical ridge, a belt of high-pressure systems that extends into all over Australia.
Above the ridge, the winds range roughly from south-east to northwest, so Marble Bar is suffocated in the air that has been slowly transformed into burning perfection in the deserts of Central Australia
Often a higher level the cistern will capture that air and throw it down into southeastern Australia that can lead to those overheated summer days in St Kilda and Glenelg
"Next week Adelaide will become very hot because of the heat of Pilbara. It is our gift to the nation, "said Bennett
" During the summer we can sometimes interact with the monsoon trough that brings heavy rain and thick clouds into the Kimberley and brings cooler air to the Marble Bar, but we have not seen anything this season. "
The night is as dangerous as the day Sunday night, January 6, the night temperature has not dropped below 30 ° C, which means that the human body may find it difficult to cool down properly
" low are higher than hot ones, "says Msurung at news.com.au.
" I was at work at 9am today and was already 41st C.
"You do not need hot showers here, cold ones they are hot enough. "
Lack of moisture means that heat often does not feel overwhelming. But you must still take precautions. Coppin says to shelter from the sun for about three hours a day.
And many of the locals avoid the temptation of shorts and t-shirt, opting instead for long sleeves and pants to prevent them from burning.
"You see some people without a hat and you're like, it's a little stupid, it's just a danger if you're stupid and you do not have a hat, but if you're sensitive, it will not roll you."
of the reasons why Marble Bar is so well known is simply the fact that it has a weather station. All Pilbara is a box of sweat and the settlements of Nullagine or Pannawonica, equally remote towns, could be warmer. But nobody takes the numbers there.
"You would not say it's sterile, but right now the country is so dry, the animals are all under the trees, they go to graze only at night," said Coppin.
"They are all waiting for thunderstorms: when it rains it's a complete transformation, the animals all have a smile on their faces."
Back at the pub, Ms. Manurung is checking the temperature. It is 12 o'clock and has just passed 45 ° C.
By opening up another one, it is doubtful that it will leave for colder climes.
"The cold frightens me, it gets too cold, I'm totally satisfied here," he says.
"This is my hometown, it has always been, and it will not become more interesting."
benedict.brook @ news.com.au