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Summer in Sydney and Queensland is BACK with a blistering spring heatwave as temperatures top 40C

Millions get ready for a blistering spring heatwave with temperatures topping 40C but others will be stuck with chilly rain and even SNOW – here’s how long it’ll last

  • Heatwave currently baking the Northern Territory is set to move east and south 
  • Brisbane could have hottest October day in years as temperatures soar to 35C+
  • Sydney set for balmy spring day with a near-perfect 28C predicted for Monday 
  • But snow is expected in the Alps, and southern state capitals set for a drenching 


A sizzling spring heatwave is heading for Queensland and down the east coast to Sydney with tarmac-melting 40C temperatures predicted in some areas.

But it’s a whole different story south of Sydney, with snow expected in the Alps, and Victoria, South Australia and Perth braced for a deluge of chilly rain.

A heatwave in the Northern Territory – where Kununurra has already endured three consecutive days of the mercury topping 40C – is now moving east.

It’s set to bring the hottest days of the year so far with north-west Queensland matching the NT temperatures as the heatwave develops over the next week.

Brisbane and Ipswich are tipped to see 35C – potentially the hottest October day in years – while Sydney is expected to enjoy perfect balmy spring days of up to 28C.

A sizzling spring heatwave is heading for Queensland and down the east coast to Sydney with tarmac-melting 40C temperatures predicted in some areas (pictured, swimmers soak up the rays on Sydney’s Bondi Beach)

Monday will be the best day of the week in Sydney, with temperatures then dipping to 23C on Tuesday before rebounding for the rest of the week through to a perfect weekend, before late rain on Sunday.

Brisbane too will have its best day on Monday at 32C, with the rest of the week ranging from 27C to 30C and an increasing chance of rain towards the weekend.

Melbourne though is going to be left waiting for spring to arrive – never mind summer – with temperatures struggling to make it out of the teens during a rain-soaked week.

Wednesday will be the warmest at 21C, but is also tipped to be the wettest day of the week.

A current heatwave in the Northern Territory - where Kununurra has already endured three consecutive days of the mercury hitting 40C-plus - is now moving east (pictured)

A current heatwave in the Northern Territory – where Kununurra has already endured three consecutive days of the mercury hitting 40C-plus – is now moving east (pictured)

But it's a whole different story south of Sydney, with snow expected in the Alps, and Victoria, South Australia and Perth braced for a deluge of chilly rain.

But it’s a whole different story south of Sydney, with snow expected in the Alps, and Victoria, South Australia and Perth braced for a deluge of chilly rain.

The Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps will also get possibly their last taste of winter with some fresh snow falls this week.

Thredbo won’t get above -1C on Tuesday and minimums stay below freezing all week long, and snow is predicted on higher ground almost every day. 

Canberra is also struggling to shake off winter with a cool, damp week ahead, including a frosty minimum of just 2C predicted for Thursday, and the warmest weather coming at the weekend – but still only getting up to 21C.

The Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps will also get possibly their last taste of winter and some fresh snow falls this week (pictured, skiers enjoying pre-pandemic snowfields at Mt Hotham)

The Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps will also get possibly their last taste of winter and some fresh snow falls this week (pictured, skiers enjoying pre-pandemic snowfields at Mt Hotham)

It’s not much better in Adelaide which will see a a damp start to the week and temperatures never getting above 21C. 

The cold front hitting the south of the country is also reaching up to Perth on the west coast, keeping things wet and temperatures around 20C before warming up to 23C at the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology said Brisbane’s high temperatures will be due to an almost complete end to the usual sea breeze which normally takes the edge off the city heat. 

‘Most models display either a weak or non-existent sea breeze forming on Monday before westerly winds finally win out,’ said a BoM spokesman.  

Melbourne is going to be left waiting for spring to arrive, never mind summer, with temperatures struggling to make it out of the teens during a rain-soaked week. (Pictured, a storm over the MCG)

Melbourne is going to be left waiting for spring to arrive, never mind summer, with temperatures struggling to make it out of the teens during a rain-soaked week. (Pictured, a storm over the MCG)

FIVE-DAY FORECAST IN YOUR CITY 

 PERTH   

Monday: Showers. Min 8 – Max 20

Tuesday: Showers. Min 9 – Max 18

Wednesday: Sunny. Min 6 – Max 19 

Thursday: Cloudy. Min 7 – Max 21

Friday: Shower or two. Min 10 – Max 22 

ADELAIDE 

Monday: Rain. Min 10 – Max 16

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 10 – Max 19

Wednesday: Showers. Min 11 – Max 21

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 – Max 16

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 – Max 20 

MELBOURNE 

Monday: Rain. Min 10 – Max 16

Tuesday: Rain and wind. Min 10 – Max 17

Wednesday: Showers. Min 7 – Max 21

Thursday: Showers. Min 8 – Max 15

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 – Max 19 

HOBART 

Monday: Showers. Min 9 – Max 18

Tuesday: Rain. Min 9 – Max 17

Wednesday: Showers. Min 8 – Max 18

Thursday: Rain. Min 8 – Max 14

Friday: Shower or two. Min 8 – Max 17

CANBERRA 

Monday: Showers. Min 8 – Max 18

Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 5 – Max 13

Wednesday: Sunny. Min 3 – Max 19

Thursday: Rain. Min 7 – Max 15

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 2 – Max 19 

SYDNEY 

Monday: Sunny. Min 15 – Max 28

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 – Max 23

Wednesday: Sunny. Min 12 – Max 24

Thursday: Possible shower. Min 12 – Max 25

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 10 – Max 23  

BRISBANE 

Monday: Sunny. Min 15 – Max 32 

Tuesday: Sunny. Min 17 – Max 30

Wednesday: Sunny. Min 13 – Max 28

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 13 – Max 29

Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 17 – Max 27

DARWIN    

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 27 – Max 33

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 27 – Max 33

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Min 27 – Max 34

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 25 – Max 34

Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 25 – Max 34

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