Fire weather advisories have been issued for four states, as valleys and lows direct intense heat to the East Coast.
While Australia is always hot in late spring or early summer, the impending heat shouldn’t be dismissed as normal, Weatherzone says. In some places, temperatures will rise 15-20 ° C above the long-term average for this time of year and records could be broken.
The same trough and low will also cause rain and storms in western New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Valleys over the Northern Territory, Western Australia and northern Queensland will generate rain and storms, while a high pressure system will keep skies mostly clear in southwestern WA and the eastern interior.
Here’s your state-by-state forecast for Saturday, November 28, 2020:
Low probability of showers and thunderstorms in the western districts, increasing to a slight to medium probability in the far north. A high to very high chance of rain and a possible thunderstorm or two on the North Tropical Coast. Mostly sunny elsewhere.
Warm to very warm conditions in the west, southwest and south of the interior. A maximum of 40 ° C in Goondiwindi, 36 ° C in Dalby and 29 ° C in Brisbane.
Mostly moderate east-northeast winds, with a cool northward trend over the far west.
Fire Hazard: Very high over the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central Highlands and Coalfields, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.
NEW SOUTH WALES AND THE ACT:
Hot to very hot. The possibility of an afternoon or evening rain or storm in the southeast, extending through the central parts into the north, with little or no rain west of the Division. Elevated fire hazards in the interior of the south.
Temperatures well above average, trending near average in the northeast corner. Highs of 44 ° C in Broken Hill, 40 ° C in Dubbo and Wagga Wagga, while Sydney will see highs of 36 ° C and 34 ° C in Canberra.
Winds from the northeast to the northwest, turning cool and gusty across much of the state, before a cool to strong change from the southwest in the southwest later in the day. There may be areas of high dust in the west.
Highly hot and windy conditions prior to a cold front are bringing increased fire danger in parts of the southern and central interior of the country. There are severe fire hazard warnings for: Lower Central West Plains, East Riverina, South Riverina, and North Riverina
Fire Hazard: Severe for Lower Central West Plains, Eastern Riverina, Southern Riverina, and Northern Riverina fire areas, and very high for Far North Coast, North Shore, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney, Illawarra / Shoalhaven, Far South Coast, Central Ranges, New England, North and Northwest slopes.
Partly cloudy with isolated showers developing in the south and east, tending to rain in the southwest at night. Isolated high base thunderstorms clearing eastward early in the morning. Isolated thunderstorms over the north and east in the afternoon and evening, with gusts of wind in the east and little or no rain in the north.
Heat to very hot in the north and east with highs of 45 ° C in Mildura, 38 ° C in Bendigo and 28 ° C in Melbourne.
Areas of dust raised in the extreme north and moderate to cool winds from north to northwest, strong in the Alpine peaks. A gentler south-southwest change over the southwest extends to the northeast during the afternoon and evening.
A severe fire hazard is forecast for the Wimmera and Northern Country districts with very hot and dry conditions in the north of the state.
Fire hazard: severe to extreme in the northwest, moderate to high elsewhere
Rains over the north and west, with possible early morning thunderstorms over the north coast and the Bass Strait islands.
Possible rains elsewhere. Highs of 23 ° C in Launceston and 22 ° C in Hobart.
Winds from west to southwest, turning east to northeast over the east during the afternoon.
Warm to hot on the southern and western coastal fringes, but very hot elsewhere.
Moderate to cool northeast to northwest winds turn cool to strong at times before a gentler, stronger and more gusty shift to the south arriving from Oodnadatta to Broken Hill in the late evening. It is possible for winds to reach gale force over a period over northern agricultural areas and pastoral districts with and after change.
Highly hot and windy conditions have resulted in two fire weather warnings: Extreme fire danger is forecast for Flinders and Mid North districts, while severe fire danger is forecast for: Northwest Pastoral, Northeast Pastoral , Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland, and Murraylands.
A slight to medium chance of rain developing over the West Coast District in the afternoon and spreading to agricultural areas in the late afternoon and early evening. Possible areas of raised dust northeast of approximately Whyalla to Lameroo.
Risk of afternoon storms in the extreme northwest, and also in a strip over the pastoral districts of the south and the agricultural areas of the north.
Showers and thunderstorms over Kimberley, Central and Eastern Pilbara, Interior, Eastern Goldfields and Eucla.
Rains are possible in the eastern parts of the Southwest Land Division and adjacent Goldfields.
Very hot in NW WA with cool, gusty winds from south to southwest resulting in severe fire hazard warning forecast for: Pilbara West Coast, Exmouth Gulf Coast, and Gascoyne Coast
Mostly sunny in western Tanami, southern Simpson, and northeast Lasseter districts. A slight to medium chance of showers and thunderstorms elsewhere, increasing to a medium to high chance in Daly and western Tiwi districts. Very hot south of Elliott.
Thunderstorms in Daly and North Gregory districts can be gusty. Light to moderate northwest to northeast winds, cool and gusty in the morning south of Tennant Creek, before a south-southeast shift moving through south Lasseter and southwest of Simpson District overnight.
Fire Hazard – Very high around Alice Springs, high elsewhere south of the top end.
– Reported with Weatherzone and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology