- Summer like temperatures are set hit the majority of the nation this weekend
- Western Sydney is predicted to get the hottest Autumn temps in over a decade
- The bush fire danger across southern states is also expected to increase
You could be mistaken for thinking we’re in the middle of summer if you look at the weather forecast for this weekend around the country.
Sydney could see its hottest autumn day in a decade with the mercury reaching 39C in western suburbs such as Penrith on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the city will swelter at 31 degrees on Saturday and 34 degrees on Sunday.
The hot temperatures and fine weather are expected to last all weekend. Pictured: Sunbathers on Bondi Beach
Western Sydney will be particularly hard hit with temperatures reaching 39 degrees on Sunday
Brisbane will see highs of 30 degrees on both days with the remnants of tropical cyclone Linda causing dangerous surf and high tides along the Queensland surf coast.
Melburnians are also in for some high temperatures with a max of 32 on Saturday and 27 degrees on Sunday while their Adelaide neighbours are set for a max of 35 on Saturday before falling to a relatively mild 22 on Sunday along with some showers.
Canberra will see the mercury hit 33C on Sunday while temperatures are set to reach 35C in Adelaide.
The only exception across the country seems to be the west coast, with Perth forecasted to sit in the low 20s for the weekend – welcome relief after recent hot spells.
The nation is forecast to see summer-like temperatures this weekend
Strong winds along with high temperatures and lack of rain will also increase the bushfire danger across NSW, Victoria, and South Australia.
Explaining the heatwave, Sky News meteorologist Tom Saunders told news.com: ‘There will be northerly winds today, then a southerly change later in the afternoon, but those northerly winds will return over the weekend bringing hot air down from the interior.’
‘Sydney averages a maximum of 25C in March so if we hit 34C on Sunday, that’s 9C above average which we haven’t seen in three years.
‘In Penrith, you’d have to go back more than a decade to get a hotter March, when in 2004 it was 39.5C. Considering April and May will be cooler, this could be the hottest autumn day for 14 years.’
AUSTRALIA’S WEATHER: THE FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
FRIDAY: Max 26. Cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 31. Mostly sunny
SUNDAY: Max 38. Hot and sunny
FRIDAY: Max 26. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 33. Sunny
SUNDAY: Max 33. Sunny
FRIDAY: Max 26. Cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 23. Cloudy
SUNDAY: Max 25. Sunny
FRIDAY: Max 31. Sunny
SATURDAY: Max 30.Partly cloudy
SUNDAY: Max 30. Partly cloudy
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
FRIDAY: Max 25. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 32. Partly cloudy
SUNDAY: Max 27. Windy
FRIDAY: Max 27. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 33. Shower
SUNDAY: Max 22. Cloudy
FRIDAY: Max 20. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 28. Rain clearing
SUNDAY: Max 23. Early showers
FRIDAY: Max 31. Storm likely
SATURDAY: Max 29. Possible storm
SUNDAY: Max 31. Possible storm
Along with the high temperatures there will also be strong winds in the southern states which could increase the fire danger
The remnants of tropical cyclone Linda will cause dangerous surf and high tides along the south Queensland coast