New South Wales posted its first 40 ° C of the year this week, although the heat wave will be short-lived.
Currently, a hot air mass is sweeping through New South Wales as a low pressure channel moves over southeastern Australia, producing the first heat wave of the year with days over 40 ° C.
Earlier this week, eight weather stations in the north and west of the state reached or exceeded 40 ° C, including Griffith, Tibooburra and White Cliffs.
Temperatures continued yesterday and more are forecast to join the list today, marking a low to severe heat wave in some parts of the state.
It is also helping raise fire risk in some parts of the state, with very high fire hazard ratings affecting multiple districts.
But while this brief spell of heat is a typical taste of summer in New South Wales, the beginning of January has been noticeably cooler than last year’s infamous Black Summer.
For the first 13 days of 2021, only two days have seen temperatures reaching 40 ° C in New South Wales. In 2020, the first 10 days of January saw somewhere in the state hit 43 ° C or more.
The contrast between this summer and last summer is largely due to the influence of La Niña, which is likely to persist until at least the end of this summer.
La Niña generally causes above-average rainfall and below-average daytime temperatures in eastern Australia at this time of year.
Fortunately, the influence of these climate drivers has meant fewer extreme heat waves and less wildfire activity in New South Wales so far this summer.
Western Australia is also set to be sweeter today with temperatures above 40 ° C and a severe weather warning in several areas.
Meanwhile, the depressions are generating rain and storms in the tropics, causing flooding in far north Queensland.
One front is bringing showers to Tasmania and a few showers to Victoria and southeast SA.
Here’s your state-by-state weather forecast for Thursday, January 14, 2021:
New South Wales and the ACT
Mostly sunny, warm in the east. Isolated storms over ranges. Windy in the Alps. Sunny, very warm in the southwest. Mostly sunny, hot in the northwest.
Sydney will be partly cloudy with a low of 19 ° C and a high of 30 ° C.
There is a medium chance of rain this afternoon and evening, most likely in the west. The probability of a thunderstorm this afternoon and evening.
Areas further inland, particularly in the northern half of the state, are forecast to reach well above 35 ° C, with temperatures in Bourke rising to 42 ° C.
Clear, cool to cold showers in the southwest. Mostly sunny, cool to temperate in the southeast. Sunny, very warm to hot in the north.
A cool day in Melbourne with partly cloudy conditions and a low of 15C and a high of 22C. Slight chance of a shower later tonight and in the eastern suburbs this morning.
The strange early, warm to very warm coastal rain in the southeast. Showers / storms, very hot in the northeast. Mostly sunny, very warm in the northwest. Sunny, hot in the southwest.
Brisbane will be mostly sunny with light winds and a maximum temperature of 31 ° C.
Mostly sunny, cool to temperate in the southeast and center. Windy, cool to temperate in the west and north.
Partly cloudy in Adelaide with a low of 14C and a high of 23C
Temperatures are forecast to hit 40 ° C across the state today as the WA heat wave continues.
Mostly cloudy, hot in the southwest. Windy, cool to temperate in the south. Windy, hot in the northwest. The strange storm, very warm in the northeast.
Perth will be sunny and with a maximum temperature of 35 ° C with wind gusts of up to 90 km / h possible in Darling Escarpment and the hills during the early morning.
A developing high-pressure system south of the state will result in a surge of strong easterly winds across the Darling Escarpment and hills.
There is a severe weather advisory for damaging winds in the Lower West and Southwest with the BoM warning residents that the gusts could cause damage to homes and property.
Locations that may be affected include Dwellingup, Ellenbrook, Harvey, Kalamunda, Midland, and Mundaring.
Cool showers in the southwest. Late rains, mild changes, then cooler in the southeast. Late, moderate to warm showers in the northwest. Isolated, light showers in the northeast.
Hobart will be partly cloudy. Average chance of rain, more likely this afternoon and evening. Maximum daytime temperatures between 16C and 22C.
Rains / storms, very hot in the north. Mostly sunny, hot in the interior and south.
Partly cloudy in Darwin with a minimum of 26C and a maximum of 33C.
High probability of showers, most likely late in the morning. Likely thunderstorm.