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May weather in Australia expected to remain hot after record April

Warm weather is set to continue throughout May after temperature records tumbled in a sweltering April.

Meteorologists are forecasting another month of above average temperatures for the majority of Australia, despite edging closer to winter. 

There is more than a 70 per cent chance of unseasonably warm weather across southern parts of the nation, while the likelihood is greater across the east coast and Australia’s north.     

The hot weather forecast comes after Australians endured scorching April days, including the hottest on record. 

Meteorologists are forecasting another month of above average temperatures for the majority of Australia, despite edging closer to winter

There is more than a 70 per cent chance of unseasonably warm weather across southern parts of the nation, while the likelihood is greater across the east coast and Australia's north

There is more than a 70 per cent chance of unseasonably warm weather across southern parts of the nation, while the likelihood is greater across the east coast and Australia’s north

The hot weather forecast comes after Australians endured scorching April days, including the hottest on record

The hot weather forecast comes after Australians endured scorching April days, including the hottest on record

April 9 was the hottest April day in Australia since weather records began, with the average temperature reaching 35C

April 9 was the hottest April day in Australia since weather records began, with the average temperature reaching 35C

‘Autumn in the south felt more like summer,’ Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) climatologist Felicity Gamble told News.com.au. 

‘The prolonged heatwave in early April was exceptional. New April temperature records were set in many parts of the country, over several days.’

April 9 was the hottest April day in Australia since weather records began, with the average temperature reaching 35C. 

The maximum temperatures in early April were 8C above average nationwide, while they were 12C higher in parts of Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.   

Now the warm weather is expected to extend into May, before above average temperatures become unlikely in June, except for a portion of Australia’s south-east. 

Maximum temperatures in early April were 8C above average nationwide, while they were 12C higher in parts of Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia

Maximum temperatures in early April were 8C above average nationwide, while they were 12C higher in parts of Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia

Now the warm weather is expected to extend into May, before above average temperatures become unlikely in June

Now the warm weather is expected to extend into May, before above average temperatures become unlikely in June

Below average rainfall is expected between May and July for parts of south-west Australia and western Victoria

Below average rainfall is expected between May and July for parts of south-west Australia and western Victoria

BOM said in its climate outlook, released on Thursday, that below average rainfall is also expected between May and July for parts of south-west Australia and western Victoria.

Ms Gamble added: ‘The north is likely to be wetter than average, but it’s the start of the dry season, so it won’t be as wet as recent months.’

However the majority of the country is expected to receive average rainfall with neither El Niño nor La Niña in effect. 

‘But for much of the country there is little shift towards a wetter or drier than average period,’ BOM said in the outlook.  

AUSTRALIA’S WEATHER: THE FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY   

FRIDAY: Max 20. Late showers 

SATURDAY: Max 20. Showers

SUNDAY: Max 20. Shower or two

MONDAY: Max 21. Possible showers 

CANBERRA  

FRIDAY: Max 19. Partly cloudy

SATURDAY: Max 18. Cloudy

SUNDAY: Max 17. Possible shower 

MONDAY: Max 21. Mostly sunny

PERTH   

FRIDAY: Max 26. Mostly sunny

SATURDAY: Max 28. Sunny

SUNDAY: Max 30. Sunny

MONDAY: Max 28. Mostly sunny 

BRISBANE  

FRIDAY: Max 27. Mostly sunny

SATURDAY: Max 25. Shower or two

SUNDAY: Max 25. Shower or two 

MONDAY: Max 25. Partly cloudy

 Source:  Bureau of Meteorology 

MELBOURNE  

FRIDAY: Max 18. Partly cloudy

SATURDAY: Max 19. Mostly sunny

SUNDAY: Max 19. Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Max 19. Cloud clearing

ADELAIDE  

FRIDAY: Max 24. Sunny

SATURDAY: Max 23. Mostly sunny

SUNDAY: Max 24. Sunny

MONDAY: Max 25. Sunny

HOBART 

FRIDAY: Max 18. Cloudy

SATURDAY: Max 19. Partly cloudy

SUNDAY: Max 18. Shower or two

MONDAY: Max 19. Mostly sunny 

DARWIN   

FRIDAY: Max 34. Mostly sunny

SATURDAY: Max 34. Mostly sunny

SUNDAY: Max 34. Mostly sunny

MONDAY: Max 34. Mostly sunny



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