A summer heat wave hits Australia and this week brings severe weather conditions to several states.
Western Australia is preparing for another day of dangerous fire conditions, with a catastrophic alert issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning.
Meanwhile, a tropical low over Cocos Island could turn into a cyclone tomorrow morning and bring more severe weather conditions to the coast of WA.
A weather station at the Cocos Island Airport received around 100mm of rain during 24 hours until 9am yesterday.
Watering holes and humid, unstable air are driving rain and storms across the tropics, causing flooding in far north Queensland.
Storms and high temperatures are also expected in New South Wales today with rain on the way after a mostly dry week.
A front that crosses the south of the country will bring erratic rains to Victoria and Tasmania.
Here’s your state-by-state weather forecast for Friday, January 15:
New South Wales and the ACT
Storms, warm in the northeast. Late cool to temperate showers / storms in the southeast. Windy, cool to temperate in the southwest. Mostly sunny, very warm in the northwest.
Sydney will be partly cloudy with a maximum temperature of 29 ° C. A slight chance of a shower in the early afternoon. The probability of a thunderstorm this afternoon and evening.
Temperatures remain very warm in the west with a high of 35 ° C in Penrith today.
Canberra will be mostly sunny with a maximum temperature of 28 ° C.
Showers, windy, cool to cold in the southwest. Windy with late, cool to temperate showers in the southeast. Windy, cool to temperate in the north. Rains, possible snow in the Alps.
Melbourne will be partly cloudy with a low of 13 ° C and a high of 21 ° C.
High probability of showers, more likely during this afternoon and evening. The probability of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and early evening.
Mostly sunny, warm to very warm in the southeast. Showers / storms, very hot in the northeast. Windy, hot in the northwest. Mostly sunny, very warm in the southwest.
Brisbane will be warm and sunny with a minimum of 21 ° C and a maximum of 30 ° C.
There are a number of flood warnings for rivers throughout the state, including the Thomson River, the Fitzroy River Basin, the Herbert River, the Beelyando and Suttor Rivers, the Murray River, the Tully River, and the Lower Paroo River.
Mostly sunny, warm to very warm in the southwest. Windy, cool to temperate in the south, showers / storms inland. Mostly sunny, hot in the northwest. The strange storm, very warm in the northeast.
Perth will be mostly sunny with a low of 17 ° C and a high of 33 ° C.
There is a severe weather advisory due to possible damaging winds over the hills and slopes of the Lower West and North Southwest districts.
Although gusty winds from the east are typical for this time of year, they are expected to be stronger than usual.
Wind speed averages 50 – 60 km / h with a peak with gusts of up to 90 km / h this morning. The gusts could cause damage to homes and property in areas around Armadale, Dwellingup, Ellenbrook, Harvey, Kalamunda, Midland and Mundaring.
Very hot conditions with cool, gusty winds from east to southeast over the Gascoyne and the Interior.
Strong wings and high temperatures have triggered a catastrophic fire hazard warning for the South Interior and an extreme fire hazard for the Gascoyne Coast.
There is also a severe fire hazard warning for the west coast of the Pilbara, the Gascoyne interior, and the northern interior.
Windy with showers, cool in the southeast. Windy, cool to warm in the center. Windy, cool to temperate in the west and north.
Adelaide will be partly cloudy with a low of 14C and a high of 21C. Little possibility of a shower.
Rain / storm, cool in the south. Rains / storms, cold to temperate in the north
Hobart will be cloudy with a very high chance of showers and a chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon with possible hail.
Maximum daytime temperatures between 13 and 17.
Rains / storms, very hot in the north. Mostly sunny, hot indoors. Sunny, very warm to hot in the south.
Darwin will be partly cloudy with a minimum of 25 ° C and a maximum of 33 ° C. High probability of rain, more likely in the afternoon and at night. Likely thunderstorm.
Light winds get a little stronger in the early afternoon and then turn mild at night.