Summer begins early today, with temperatures rising in several states.
A channel that runs through northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory, northeastern South Australia and Queensland is causing rain and storms, and directing heat to New South Wales and northern Victoria.
Another trough extending from northwest WA to western SA is generating rain and storms.
A low crossing of Tasmania is causing torrential rains.
Low to severe heat wave conditions will persist today across much of New South Wales, northeastern South Africa, parts of the tropics and northwestern WA.
While it is normal to see heat waves at this time of year as the country waits for the monsoon, there has been elevated heat lately in the eastern parts of the country as cold fronts have been forced closer to Antarctica. .
New South Wales and the ACT
Mostly sunny, cool to temperate in the northeast. Then sunny, warm fog in the southeast. Mostly sunny, hot in the west.
Sydney will be mostly sunny, with a low of 17C and a high of 29C.
A hot day is likely across much of the Sydney Basin. The western suburbs will reach 30 degrees, but heating will be limited near the coast due to the northeast wind. It will be humid in the eastern parts of Sydney, which will make it feel around 3 ° C warmer than the mercury shows.
Thunderstorms are a moderate probability, a higher probability for the Blue Mountains. A southward shift won’t hit Sydney until late at night, which means it’ll stay warm at night. Penrith can still be around 30 ° C at 7pm.
There is a strong wind warning for Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast, and Eden Coast.
Canberra will be sunny, with a low of 14C and a high of 32C.
Moderate to warm rains in the southeast. Mostly sunny, very warm in the northeast. Mostly sunny, hot in the west.
Brisbane will see a growing sun, with a low of 19 ° C and a high of 29 ° C.
There is a strong wind advisory for the coast of the peninsula and the coast of Cooktown.
Mostly sunny, very warm in the south. Mostly sunny, very warm to hot in the north.
Melbourne will be mostly sunny, with a low of 14C and a high of 32C.
There is a strong wind advisory for the central coast, the central coast of Gippsland and the east coast of Gippsland.
Late, warm showers in the southwest. Mostly cloudy, warm in the southeast. Late, cool to temperate showers in the northwest. Mostly cloudy, temperate in the northeast.
Hobart will be mostly sunny, with a low of 13 ° C and a high of 21 ° C.
There is a strong wind advisory for the east of Flinders Island, the upper east coast and the lower east coast.
Mostly cloudy, very warm in the southeast. Mostly sunny, very warm in the center. Mostly sunny, temperate to warm in the west. Mostly cloudy, hot in the north.
Adelaide will be mostly sunny, with a low of 14C and a high of 31C.
Mostly sunny, temperate to warm in the southwest and south. Mostly sunny, very warm in the northwest. Late shower, hot in the northeast.
Perth will be mostly sunny, with a low of 14C and a high of 26C.
There is a strong wind advisory for the Ningaloo coast, the Gascoyne coast and the Eucla coast.
Late showers, very warm in the NW Top End. Mostly sunny, very warm in Arnhem. Mostly sunny, hot in the interior and south.
Darwin will be mostly sunny, with a minimum of 27 ° C and a maximum of 35 ° C.
– Reported with Weatherzone