A heat wave that hit central Australia is expected to ease this week as storms move into sweltering temperatures that cool quickly.
Queensland sweated through 47.6C on Channel Country yesterday, while Birdsville hit 47.6C, Weatherzone reported.
South Australia’s northeastern pastoral region ranked a close second in terms of warmest maximum, with an area reaching 46.1 ° C.
Some parts of New South Wales weren’t that hot, but still topped the 40 ° C mark, with the upper western region of the state registering 43.2 ° C.
“Fortunately, the temperature outlook looks a bit more favorable for central Australia over the next week,” Weatherzone meteorologist Scott Morris said in a statement.
“The highs are in the 30 ° C for the first days and even up to 20 ° C before reaching 40 ° C again by the end of next week.”
Morris said the scorching heat lessened as thunderstorms, rain and high winds unfolded, with temperatures dropping as low as 12 ° C in just minutes.
“A cold front also followed rapidly behind the canal, bringing in a cooler air mass. The combination of these played a major role in the rapid drop in temperature in these places,” he said.
“When the thunderstorms passed above 3:00 pm, the mercury in Tibooburra fell more than 10 ° C in just 15 minutes. South of Tibooburra, White Cliffs fell almost 12 ° C in 11 minutes.”
He said temperature drops weren’t the only characteristic of this system.
“As the winds shifted from the northwest to the southwest, a wind gust of 111 km / h was recorded at Tibooburra along with sustained winds of 80 km / h,” he said.
Meanwhile, Weatherzone said Western Australia is the next to feel the heat.
“A depression will develop on the west coast of WA over the next few days, resulting in a mass of warm air heading towards the coast,” Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said in a statement.
“At this stage, the air mass will be at its hottest over Perth on Tuesday, and mercury is expected to rise above the 40 ° C mark in some eastern suburbs,” Brittain said.
“The Fremantle Doctor will provide some relief from the early afternoon in the western parts of the city as the winds come from the southwest.
“He said the gusty winds associated with the trough will reduce overnight cooling Monday and Tuesday nights, and the mercury appears to be stuck in the mid-20s until at least 10pm both nights.”
Brittain said the trough will gain moisture and the air mass will begin to cool starting Wednesday, resulting in a less hot daytime temperature, although the humidity will increase.
“Large amounts of cloud cover and the threat of rain and storms will also act to suppress the nightly cooling every night from Wednesday to Friday,” he said.