25 Dec 2015

South Australia's hottest Christmas in 70 years

7:22 pm on 25 December 2015

South Australia is sizzling through temperatures in the high 30s - and into the 40s in some parts of the state - in the hottest Christmas Day in 70 years.

Adelaide is set to be recorded as hottest state capital, as temperatures there hit 38 degrees Celsius - is nine degrees above average.

Other areas are expected to reach the high 30s and low 40s.

On Christmas Day, in 1945, Adelaide reached a top of 40.1 degrees.