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Weekend weather forecast: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane heatwave and winter chill as summer starts

Millions of Australians BAKE in punishing 48 degree heatwave on the west coast while other shiver and cop bucketing rain: Here’s what to expect this weekend

  • Heatwave continues in northern parts of Australia, hitting a top of 48C in WA
  • Warmer weather will continue on through Saturday across SA, NSW, QLD, WA
  • Fire danger warning in parts of South Australia, reaching catastrophic levels 
  • Different story in Melbourne, seeing cooler temperatures with top of 23 on Sat

Australia is in for another weekend of extreme weather with one state facing scorching temperatures whilst another is hit with a post-winter chill.

A heatwave is sweeping across northern parts of Australia, forcing authorities to urge residents in affected areas to take precautions.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Rout said the heatwave conditions would continue for northern and western Australia for the entire weekend – before worsening early next week.

‘On Sunday and Monday it will hit 48 degrees for the West Kimberley and Pilbara regions, which are the hottest parts of Australia,’ he said.

‘The heat that’s generated there gets transferred across to other parts of Australia.

‘The heat is going to be drawn down into parts of South Australia, New South Wales and Western Queensland but they won’t reach as high temperatures.’

People are seen escaping the heat at Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast on Thursday morning

The Bureau's heatwave forecast shows expected extreme heatwave over areas of the Pilbara, Kimberley and Northern Interior in WA, large areas of northern NT and areas of northern QLD

The Bureau’s heatwave forecast shows expected extreme heatwave over areas of the Pilbara, Kimberley and Northern Interior in WA, large areas of northern NT and areas of northern QLD

The temperature in the inland Pilbara town of Marble Bar has exceeded 45C on each of the last four days, getting as high as 46.2C on Wednesday. 

This was the highest temperature seen anywhere in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere so far this season.

On Wednesday, Birdsville in Queensland reached 45.6C and Jervois in the Northern Territory hit 44.9C.

Northwest NSW, western Queensland, large parts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory will see some regions exceed 40C on Saturday. 

Mr Rout said it would be dry across Australia as a whole. 

‘There are dangerous fire conditions for parts of South Australia,’ he said.

‘The worst conditions will be in the York Peninsula and Eyre Peninsulas, and north of the Flinders Regions. 

‘Fire Behaviour Index (FBI) is up to extreme for those regions, and up to catastrophic for the York Peninsula although conditions will moderate on the Sunday with a cool change.’

Charts show expected rain and temperatures for summer, with heat continuing into new year

Charts show expected rain and temperatures for summer, with heat continuing into new year

The FBI is a simple numerical scale which runs from 0 to 100 and beyond, with increasingly high values indicating increasingly dangerous fire behaviour and therefore fire danger risk. 

There is a similar pattern across the southern and eastern states, with warm temperatures on Saturday in Adelaide.

Despite the heat, other parts of Australia can expect to see a cool change on Sunday. 

Adelaide will see a sizzling 34C on Saturday, with a dramatic cold switch on Sunday to a top of only 21C. 

Meanwhile in Victoria, it will be quite a bit cooler than the rest of the nation with Melbourne hitting around 23C on Saturday and 26C on Sunday. 

Melbourne (pictured) continues to see a post-winter chill, with a top of 23C on Sat and 26C on Sun

Melbourne (pictured) continues to see a post-winter chill, with a top of 23C on Sat and 26C on Sun

Mount Baw Baw (pictured) is the closest ski resort to an Australian capital city, recording average 13cm of snow on runs

Mount Baw Baw (pictured) is the closest ski resort to an Australian capital city, recording average 13cm of snow on runs

Winter continues to hang around in Victoria, with Australia’s lowest ski resort Mount Baw Baw hitting a low of -2.5C just after 7am on Thursday morning.

Sydney will be quite mild on Saturday with a top of 23C, warming up on Sunday to high 20s.

There are possible storms and showers on Saturday for south east Queensland, north east New South Wales and on Sunday for south west New South Wales, central Victoria, Eastern Queensland and parts of South Australia. 

Heatwave and fire danger warnings are available on Weatherzone and the Bureau of Meteorology. 

MAJOR CITIES FOUR-DAY FORECAST

PERTH

Thursday Sunny. Max 26

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 23

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 25

Sunday Sunny. Min 13 Max 28

ADELAIDE

Thursday Mostly cloudy. Max 21

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 25

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 33

Sunday Shower or two. Min 16 Max 22

MELBOURNE

Thursday Morning shower or two. Max 16

Friday Cloudy. Min 11 Max 17

Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 23

Sunday Showers increasing. Min 14 Max 26

HOBART

Thursday Showers. Max 14

Friday Cloudy. Min 8 Max 16

Saturday Cloudy. Min 8 Max 18

Sunday Shower or two. Min 10 Max 20

 

CANBERRA

Thursday Mostly sunny. Max 20

Friday Sunny. Min 3 Max 20

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 23

Sunday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 29

SYDNEY

Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 23

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 21

Saturday Cloudy. Min 15 Max 22

Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 28

BRISBANE

Thursday Possible storm. Max 37

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 20 Max 27

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 26

Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 20 Max 28

DARWIN

Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 35

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 26 Max 35

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 27 Max 35

Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 27 Max 36

 

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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