Temperatures in southeastern Australia are expected to rise over the long weekend and residents of several states and territories have been warned of severe heat waves.
A hot air mass coming from central Australia will spread between now and Australia Day, raising temperatures to temperatures of between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius in much of eastern Australia on consecutive days.
In some areas, maximum temperatures will rise more than 10 ° C above average.
The intensity and persistence of the impending hot weather will classify it as a severe heat wave for parts of WA, South Australia, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.
Some places will even withstand an extreme heat wave, which is the highest category used by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Extreme heat waves are considered rare in Australia and anyone living in affected areas is urged to take precautions to protect themselves and avoid heat stroke.
So how hot and sweaty are things about to get in your part of the country?
Adelaide hasn’t had a 40 ° C day yet this year, but that is likely to change this weekend, with a forecast high of 39 ° C on Saturday and 41 ° C on Sunday.
Temperatures will be several degrees warmer in the north of the state, with areas like Oodnadatta, which recorded Australia’s highest temperature of 50.7 ° C in January 1960, heading for at least five straight days of highs in the 1940s. Five Grades.
Melbourne has only had two days above 30 ° C so far in January, making it a relatively cool start to the year compared to 2020.
The worst of this heat wave will be missed, with a peak temperature of 38 ° C forecast for Sunday, but no other very hot day.
Areas in the north of the state will be much warmer for much longer. Mildura in the northwest of the state will likely see three consecutive days of temperatures of 40 ° C or higher, peaking at 45 ° C on Sunday.
There is nothing too drastic in the forecast for Hobart, as it is forecast for several days in the mid-1920s. But northern and northeastern Tasmania could see much hotter conditions, especially around Monday, with temperatures tilting to hit the 30s.
Canberra heads for highs of 37C, 38C and 39C on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays respectively.
That’s still a long way from January 2020, when Canberra recorded its highest temperature of 44 ° C. But it will easily be the warmest period to date in a month when the highest temperature has been just 34.4 ° C.
Western Sydney will see the brunt of the next heat wave and temperatures are expected to be significantly higher inland than on the coast.
The city and the eastern parts of the city should reach maximum temperatures of 30 ° C, 32 ° C and 33 ° C on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively.
In the west of the city, those peaks will be much closer to 40 ° C, and could even reach 41 ° C in Penrith and other western suburbs.
Further west in New South Wales, a prolonged streak of at least four days of very hot weather can be expected across a wide area of the state, with highs around or above 40 ° C in many cities.
The south coast of New South Wales will also endure extreme heat, with Bega likely to see 42 ° C on Monday.
This heat wave will largely bypass Perth after a particularly hot January.
The hottest weather of the week in the capital of WA will be Thursday and Friday, with highs of 34 ° C and 36 ° C respectively.
Perth’s average high temperature so far has been 33.9 ° C, almost three degrees above the long-term average.
However, the heat wave will hit the southeastern part of the state, and Eucla will tilt to reach 42 ° C on Saturday.