The heat is on its way to much of the country today, temperatures will skyrocket in western and southern Australia.
Perth is going through what the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) classifies as a low intensity heat wave, and the maximum temperature in the city is expected to reach 41 ° C.
Yesterday the maximum temperature reached 38.5 ° C and on Saturday it is expected to reach 37 ° C.
The severe heat occurs as fire services attempt to control a fire emergency in Gingin Shire, north of Perth.
The high-pressure system carrying heat to WA is forecast to leak further east, bringing the first taste of summer to South Africa this year after the state’s coolest start to the season in more than a decade.
Temperatures are rising and should peak 8 ° C to 12 ° C above average between Friday and the middle of next week.
Adelaide and its surroundings should experience about four days in their mid-thirties, while some in the north and west have at least three days in their forties, something that has not been achieved since last summer.
The persistent southerly winds that have recently cooled the state have sometimes led to temperatures that drop 10 ° C to 15 ° C below average.
In the first 37 days of this summer, Adelaide has averaged 20.3 ° C (combined minimum and maximum temperatures), a degree and a half cooler than average, and its coolest start to the season since 2001/02.
It was also the coldest start to the season in 19 years in Coober Pedy, in the far north of the state, with about three degrees below average.
Wudinna, Port Augusta and Renmark have all had their coolest start to summer in 12 years, a couple of degrees below the long-term average.
The heat in both states comes as the BoM announces 2020 as Australia’s fourth-hottest year on record.
Elsewhere, depression and depression are generating areas of rain and storms on the central Queensland coast.
Another channel is causing some rain and storms in northeast New South Wales, southeast Queensland, the Top End and the Kimberley.
Here’s your state-by-state weather forecast for Friday, January 8, 2021:
New South Wales and the ACT
After a week of rain to kick off the new year, the shows will persist today in New South Wales.
Conditions will be west and cool in the northeast of the state with showers cleaning and cool to temperate conditions in the southeast.
Sydney will be partly cloudy with an average chance of showers and a maximum temperature of 23 ° C.
While the coast remains under strong La Niña influence, the west is expected to be warm and sunny today, with areas like Mildua, Cobar, and Bourke forecast to hit 34 ° C.
Canberra will be partly cloudy with a minimum of 10 ° C and a maximum of 23 ° C.
Sunny, cool to temperate in the southwest. Mostly sunny, cool to temperate in the southeast. Sunny, very warm to hot in the north.
Melbourne will be sunny with a minimum of 14C and a maximum of 23C.
Queensland is expected to get a slight respite from the heavy rain brought on by my former cyclone Imogen over the past few days, however conditions remain wet across much of the state.
The southeast can expect rain and temperate to warm conditions, while heavy rains and storms and very warm temperatures are forecast for the northeast.
Brisbane will be cloudy with an average chance of light rain and a maximum temperature of 27 ° C.
Temperatures are warming up in South Australia after its cold start to the year.
Conditions will be sunny, warm to very warm in the southeast and center of the state. Sunny, warm in the west. Windy, hot in the north.
Adelaide will be sunny with temperatures ranging from 17 ° C to 32 ° C.
Friday Mostly sunny, hot in the southwest and south. Mostly sunny, some showers / thunderstorms, hot in the north.
Temperatures could exceed 41 ° C today in Perth with very hot and mostly sunny conditions in the city.
Further north, Geraldton will reach 39 ° C, as will Pannawonica.
Rains / storms, very hot in the north. Windy, very warm inside. Sunny, very warm to hot in the south.
Darwin will be partly cloudy with a high chance of showers, most likely starting this morning.
There is also the possibility of a thunderstorm with gusty winds and a maximum temperature of 33 ° C.
Mostly sunny, temperate in the south. Mostly cloudy and occasional showers, cool to temperate in the north.
Hobart will be mostly cloudy with daytime highs between 7pm and 10pm.
– Reported with Weatherzone