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East coast to sweat through record-breaking 40 degrees

Sydneysiders are being warned to brace for extreme heatwave conditions on the weekend, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees on Saturday.

Further north in Queensland, forecasters are predicting a severe thunderstorm to roll through the state on Friday afternoon as two cells move towards the coast.

People are expected to flock to the beach on Saturday, with the record books for the hottest September temperatures on track to be broken.

Sydneysiders are being warned to brace for extreme heatwave conditions on the weekend, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees on Saturday

People have been flocking to the beaches for an early taste of summer 

People have been flocking to the beaches for an early taste of summer 

The hottest September temperatures are on track to be broken on Saturday

The hottest September temperatures are on track to be broken on Saturday

Parts of the state’s outback should see the mercury rise to 41 on Saturday, while Sydney’s west will hit 36C and the central business district a sticky 33C.

The blistering heatwave, which should linger for a few days in Sydney, will also hit Queensland’s southeast this weekend.

Brisbane is forecast to reach a top of 34 degrees on Sunday and 35 degrees on Monday, more than 8C above average.

A lack of rain over winter has also increased the risk of bushfires across the east coast of Australia, putting firefighters across the nation on very high alert.

South West Rural Fire Service regional manager Tony Johnstone said firefighters would be keeping a ‘close eye’ on areas from Crows Nest down to the NSW border and west to Dalby.

‘It’s important for residents to remain vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted in the coming days,’ he said in a statement on Friday.

‘Any fire that starts will travel quickly, will be unpredictable and very difficult to control.’

Parts of the state's outback should see the mercury rise to 41 on Saturday, while Sydney's west will hit 36C and the central business district a sticky 33C

Parts of the state’s outback should see the mercury rise to 41 on Saturday, while Sydney’s west will hit 36C and the central business district a sticky 33C

Brisbane is forecast to reach a top of 34 degrees on Sunday and 35 degrees on Monday, more than 8C above average

Brisbane is forecast to reach a top of 34 degrees on Sunday and 35 degrees on Monday, more than 8C above average

The blistering heatwave, which should linger for a few days in Sydney, will also hit Queensland's southeast this weekend

The blistering heatwave, which should linger for a few days in Sydney, will also hit Queensland’s southeast this weekend

Melbourne will miss the early summer weather, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 25C on Saturday afternoon before a thunderstorm rolls in.

The weather should cool down overnight and Sunday is expected to see tops of 17C with light rain and windy conditions across Victoria’s capital city.

Weatherzone’s Graeme Brittain said the warm weekend coming up is a sign of things to come.

‘Our models indicate higher than average minimum and maximum temperatures,’ he said.

‘This means we will be seeing a hotter spring than usual for most of eastern and southeastern Australia.

‘On the other hand, the southern parts of Western Australia and South Australia will have a cooler than average September, returning to the average in October.’ 

WEEKEND FORECAST: WEATHER AROUND AUSTRALIA

 

 SYDNEY  

Saturday: Min 14, Max 34. Mostly sunny.

Sunday: Min 18, Max 30. Mostly sunny.

 

BRISBANE: 

Saturday: Min 16, Max 34. Mostly sunny.

Sunday: Min 19, Max 29. Mostly sunny.

 

ADELAIDE 

Saturday: Min 14, Max 21. Late shower. 

Sunday: Min 10, Max 16. Possible shower. 

 

 DARWIN 

Saturday: Min 23, Max 33. Mostly sunny. 

Sunday: Min 23, Max 33. Mostly sunny. 

 

MELBOURNE 

Saturday: Min 11, Max 23. Showers.

Sunday: Min 11, Max 17. Possible shower.

 

 CANBERRA 

Saturday: Min 3, Max 25. Mostly sunny.

Sunday: Min 8, Max 19. Possible shower.

 

 PERTH 

Saturday: Min 2, Max 15. Showers. 

Sunday: Min 4, Max 13. Clearing shower. 

 

HOBART 

Saturday: Min 9, Max 20. Showers. 

Sunday: Min 9, Max 20. Possible shower. 

 Source: Weatherzone

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