There is little relief in sight as Katherine swelters through a "prolonged, severe to extreme" heatwave, meteorologist Bradley Wood from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology says.
As large parts of Australia bake through some of the hottest and driest weeks to date, Katherine is set to break three of its heat records.
The bureau's observation site at Tindal RAAF Base recorded its hottest day in history last month since the site first began recording temperature data in 1985.
On October 17, Katherine residents sweltered as the temperature hit 42.7 degrees.
But with the temperature tipped to reach 43 degrees on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday that record could be broken.
Tindal, near #KatherineNT, has passed 40C again today which takes the total to 20 for the year, equal highest on record. With another week over 40C expected that record is expected to be left well behind. Stay hydrated and keep cool. Forecasts at https://t.co/NaImntVS0Opic.twitter.com/jSzyYSL1sS— Bureau of Meteorology, Northern Territory (@BOM_NT) November 14, 2019
Only two days in November last year reached a sizzling 40 degrees or higher, and in 2017, the highest temperature didn't even break the bank.
It must be noted however, Katherine has had other weather stations in the past, which claim to have recorded 46.2 degrees on October 29, 1991.
Temperatures have hovered at just over 40 degrees at their highest point for the past nine days, with today expected to be the tenth.
It is an unusual run which hasn't been seen in about three decades.
Mr Wood said the most consecutive days of 40 degrees or above recorded is 10, in 1987.
"With today expected to be the tenth day and at least seven more days above 40 degrees forecast, this record is likely to be comfortably passed," Mr Wood said.
He said 2019 is likely to smash through another record set in 2013 with more hot days predicted.
"This year has already equalled the 2013 record of 20 days above 40C in a calendar year," Mr Wood said.
"Today is expected to be the 21st day for the year, therefore claiming the record.
"Again, with many more hot days expected this recorded will also be comfortable passed."
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