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Australians need to prepare for more prolonged heatwaves in 2013, according to a Bureau of Meteorology climatologist.

With the mercury set to soar to 43C on Tuesday, which some experts say could be the hottest day in Australian history, Dr David Jones told News Ltd "the odds are stacking in favour of an above average summer in Australia".

"We know these heatwaves are increasing, with more hyper days, and one of the features is we are going to get more record high temperature days," he said.

"We are still fairly early in summer. Australia has been hot for about four-and-a-half months and we are still not in the hottest period of summer."

The country's record national average temperature is 40.17C, which was reached on December 21, 1972.


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