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A heatwave hitting Queensland this weekend will bring scorching temperatures across the state as several states brace for today’s storms.

Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid 40s in parts of Queensland today as the state goes through one of its hottest seasons on record.

Charleville, in central Queensland, has reached a five-day average high of 43 ° C, making it the hottest so early in the season in more than 100 years.

Rain on the way to the southern states. December 5, 2020. (Weather zone)

A wide trough in front of a strong front will generate rain and storms over Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, southern South Australia and central Australia, and will cause strong winds.

Low pressure in the tropics will lead to stormy rains, while northwesterly winds will bring a hot day to southeast Queensland.

Here’s your state-by-state forecast for Saturday, December 5, 2020:

A slight to medium probability of showers and thunderstorms in the western districts of the Peninsula, the southwest and the southern interior. Little chance of rain on the tropical northeast coast. Risk of severe electrical storms in the southern interior.

Warm to very warm conditions in the western, southwestern, and southern districts. Highs of 36 ° C are forecast for Rockhampton and Gympie, with a high of 33 ° C in Brisbane.

Possible dust kicked up in the extreme southwest, mostly sunny elsewhere. Light to moderate northwest to northeast winds, tending from cool to strong and gusty in the southwest. Winds turning from south to southwest in the extreme southwest behind a trough in the late afternoon.

Fire Hazard: Severe in the Channel Country district, very high in Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, and Wide Bay and Burnett districts.

New South Wales and the ACT

Some showers and thunderstorms in the central and eastern parts of the state, most likely on the western slopes of the mountain ranges, with some possibly severe storms. The possibility of a rain or thunderstorm in the far north and far west.

Mostly cloudy. Possible dust raised in the Wild West. Daytime temperatures above average, especially in the north, where the mercury in Bourke will reach 42 ° C. Cooler on the coast with highs of 27 ° C in Sydney, 25 ° C in Woollongong.

Winds from the northwest to the northeast, cooling along the coast and in the western plains during the afternoon. A shift to the southwest entering the southwest later.

Fire Hazard – Very High – Northwest Fire Districts, Lower Central West Plains, and East / North / South Riverina.

Rains that extend from the west during the day, more frequent in the southern and mountainous areas during the afternoon and night. Isolated thunderstorms around noon over western, southern and mountainous areas, contracting to the east and clearing at night.

A warm and mostly cloudy day with highs of 28 ° C in Melbourne and 29 ° C in Bendigo.

Fresh to strong and gusty north winds, which tend to be colder, stronger and more stormy from the west in the afternoon and evening. Areas of dust kicked up in the northwest during the afternoon.

Fire Hazard: Severe in Wimmera and Mallee, very high in the North Country, and high elsewhere.

Rains that spread throughout the state during the morning, mostly light, and then increase to rain during the afternoon and night.

Highs of 23 ° C in Hobart, while Mount Read will only hit double digits with highs of 10 ° C and nightly lows of 3 ° C.

Winds from the north tend to be cool and gusty from late in the morning and then move strong and gusty from west to northwest in the evening.

A medium to high probability of rains extending throughout the agricultural area and south of the Pastoral del Noroeste, increasing to a high or very high probability in the ranges and districts of the Southeast. Slight to medium chance of rain in most of the rest of the state. The rains will tend to rain over parts of the northern and southern agricultural area of ​​the Northwest Pastoral District.

Thunderstorms are possible in most districts, with gusty winds. Areas of dust raised over North East Pastoral and Riverland Districts and parts of North West Pastoral, Flinders, Mid North and Murraylands.

Temperate to warm in the south and very hot in the extreme northeast, where the mercury will reach 38 ° C in Oodnadatta and a maximum of 28 ° C in Adelaide.

Moderate to cool north winds, turning cool to strong from the northwest in the east in the late morning, before a cooler, cool to strong and gusty west to southwest change in the west, extending into the Northeast corner more at dusk.

synoptic map

Showers and thunderstorms over Kimberley, central and eastern Pilbara, and northern and eastern Interior.

High temperatures of 44 ° C in Eyre, 38 ° C in Meekaratha but much cooler on the coast with highs of 24 ° C in Perth and 22 ° C in Bunbury.

A high to very high chance of showers and thunderstorms in North Top End. Partly cloudy in the Barkly and Carpentaria districts. Slight to medium chance of showers and thunderstorms elsewhere. Thunderstorms will be gusty in the southern districts.

Very hot in the southern and central districts.

Light to moderate northeast winds through Top End, trending northwest south of Top End, cool and gusty in Simpson District. A southward shift from moderate to cool and gusty will unfold across the Lasseter district during the early morning and then spread to the Simpson district in the afternoon.

Fire Hazard: Very High in Simpson District.

– Reported with Weatherzone and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

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