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Australia is set to sweat through another heatwave with temperatures to soar to over 40C

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

 SYDNEY

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

BRISBANE

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 

MELBOURNE

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 

ADELAIDE

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 

HOBART

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

 PERTH 

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 

 DARWIN 

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 

 CANBERRA 

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  

 

 

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