Australia is set to sweat through ANOTHER heatwave with temperatures to soar above 40C across swathes of the country – sparking fresh bushfire fears
- A heatwave sweeping over WA is expected to spread across Australia this week
- Temperatures in South Australia will reach upward of 37C starting Wednesday
- In Melbourne 41C temps are forecast for Friday with possible storms on Saturday
- Sydney won’t see the full brunt of the scorching weather until the weekend
A blistering heatwave is set to sweep across Australia this week with hot conditions sparking fears bushfires could flare up once more.
The Bureau of Meteorology says hot conditions currently affecting Western Australia are expected to spread across Australia in the next few days.
Temperatures in Adelaide are set to hit 37C and upward beginning on Wednesday, while Canberra will remain above 35C for the full week.
Sydneysiders won’t see the full brunt of the scorching weather until Friday, when the mercury is predicted to rise to 31C in the city and as high as 40C out west.
The warm weather will give way to a balmy weekend, with 35C predicted for the CBD on Saturday, and 37C on Sunday.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a sweltering heatwave in Western Australia is expected to spread to the south and eastern states in the coming days
Sydney won’t see the full brunt of the scorching weather until the weekend when temperatures are expected to reach over 35C
Above average temperatures are set to return this week after a short period of mild and wet weather
The city’s western region will see slightly higher temperatures, with 36C forecast in Penrith on Thursday, 40C on Friday, peaking at 44C on Saturday.
What is a heatwave?
The Bureau of Meteorology defines a heatwave as: ‘three days or more of high maximum and minimum temperatures that is unusual for that location’.
It takes into account both overnight and daytime temperatures
The heatwave must be ‘unusually’ hot for that location during a particular month
Temperatures in Melbourne, where the Australian Open tennis tournament is in its second week, are forecast to reach 41C on Friday.
The city will see a slight dip on Saturday with 36C and a chance of storms.
The scorching temperatures come after a brief respite of rain and mild weather last week.
More than a week of solid rain in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, has more than halved the number of blazes, but above average temperatures are set to return.
‘Unfortunately, the reprieve may be short-lived with a blast of heat likely late this week in some areas,’ the New South Wales Bureau of Meteorology said on Twitter.
Low to severe heatwave conditions will sweep over southeastern Australia including Tasmania
Scorching conditions brewing in WA will make their way to the east coast by the end of the week
Temperatures in Melbourne, where the Australian Open tennis tournament is in its second week, are forecast to reach 41C on Friday
As of Tuesday morning, 59 bushfires were burning throughout New South Wales, 28 of which were yet not contained.
A 1000-hectare blaze burning to Canberra’s south in Namadgi National Park is at ‘watch and act’ level with people nearby told to consult their bushfire plans.
ACT Emergency Services Agency commissioner Georgeina Whelan said firefighters were expecting a challenging seven to 10 days, as a heat wave starts in the capital.
Meanwhile Queensland is bracing for heavy rain after a late start to its wet season
Authorities warned the situation could get worse with hot and slightly windy conditions fanning the blaze.
Meanwhile Queensland is bracing for heavy rain after a late start to its wet season.
Severe flood warnings are in place for the gulf country with the largest downpours expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The towns of Normanton and Burketown are two communities the Bureau of Meteorology have highlighted as possible areas of flooding.
Parts of the state relieved more than 100mm of rain on Saturday night, with the highest recorded downpour at the central Queensland town of Aramac with 112mm.
A heavy rainfall warning which was in place for the Townsville region has been dropped, quelling fears of another flood similar to 2019 which devastated the region.
Drought-stricken areas are also likely to get some much-needed rain, especially in the state’s northwest and southwest areas.
The Paroo River, which flows through southwest Queensland and deep into northwest NSW, has a moderate chance of flooding.
AUSTRALIA’S FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST:
Tuesday: Min 22, Max, 29
Wednesday: Min 20, Max 26
Thursday: Min 21, Max 28
Friday: Min 23, Max 31
Saturday: Min 26, Max 34
Tuesday: Min 22, Max, 29
Wednesday: Min 22, Max 32
Thursday: Min 22, Max 31
Friday: Min 23, Max 30
Saturday: Min 22, Max 29
Tuesday: Min 13, Max 24
Wednesday: Min 16, Max 28
Thursday: Min 22, Max 37
Friday: Min 23, Max 38
Saturday: Min 15, Max 33
Tuesday: Min 17, Max 30
Wednesday: Min 26, Max 37
Thursday: Min 28, Max 40
Friday: Min 24, Max 33
Saturday: Min 15, Max 25
Tuesday: Min 14, Max, 23
Wednesday: Min 19, Max 26
Thursday: Min 15, Max 33
Friday: Min 22, Max 33
Saturday: Min 13, Max 24
Tuesday: Min 22, Max 38
Wednesday: Min 18, Max 27
Thursday: Min 14, Max 23
Friday: Min 14, Max 24
Saturday: Min 16, Max 27
Tuesday: Min 28, Max 32
Wednesday: Min 28, Max 32
Thursday: Min 27, Max 33
Friday: Min 27, Max 32
Saturday: Min 27, Max 31
Tuesday: Min, 16 Max 34
Wednesday: Min 15, Max 35
Thursday: Min 18, Max 38
Friday: Min 24, Max 39
Saturday: Min, 25 Max 40