Hot and dangerous conditions strike Australia as heatwave strikes with an out-of-control fire threatening properties – here’s warm it will get near you today
- Sydney experiences autumn heatwave
NSW is set to swelter through another day of heatwave conditions with temperatures reaching well into the 30s across much of the state.
Sydney is headed for a top of 34 on Tuesday after the city recorded its hottest temperature in two years on Monday, nudging 38 degrees in the CBD.
Maximum temperatures are forecast to be around six to 12C above average across eastern parts of NSW, before easing on Wednesday and Thursday.
The blistering conditions sparked more bushfire warnings, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting extreme fire danger for the Central Ranges where a total fire ban is in place, as well as in the Greater Hunter.
‘Hot and dry conditions combined with fresh and gusty west to northwesterly winds are elevating fire dangers,’ the BOM said on Tuesday.
Isolated thunderstorms are possible in the northeast during the afternoon.
Firefighters are still battling an out-of-control blaze in the Central West where Hills End properties came under threat from embers on Monday but conditions have eased overnight.
‘There is likely to be a prolonged firefighting effort over the coming days,’ the Rural Fire Service said.
The BOM says it’s not unusual to experience heatwaves during early autumn.
‘The bureau’s long-range forecast for autumn indicates it is likely to be drier and warmer than usual for much of Australia.’
BOM forecaster, Sarah Scully said a ‘much cooler’ air mass would arrive over the state on Wednesday bringing relief.
‘The west, northwesterly winds are notorious for bringing really hot conditions over eastern NSW, and that’s because the air is brought from over the inland continent and it’s really hot and generally dry,’ Ms Scully said.
‘As well as that, west, northwesterly winds prevent or delay the sea breeze from bringing relief to coastal communities.’
A severe weather warning remains for damaging winds in parts of South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Canberra and South West Slopes.
A burst of late-season heat in NSW on Monday could see Sydney reach 38C
Sydney’s autumn heatwave has seen the hottest temperatures for over two years
Sydney temperatures expected to still be up around 30C at 9pm Monday and possibly in the high-20s at midnight
At 11am AEDT on Monday, temperatures had already reached 34C in western Sydney, 33C at the airport and just over 31C in the city
The mercury will drop slightly to 34C on Tuesday, with temperatures remaining in the high 20s for the rest of the week
Sydneysiders flocked to beaches to get relief from the scorching heat on Monday
One beachgoer took his workout routine outdoors on Monday
Capital cities – four-day forecast
Monday: Sunny. Min 21, Max 36
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 21, Max 34
Wednesday: Sunny. Min 19, Max 31
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min16, Max24
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 15, Max 21
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min14, Max17
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min20, Max31
Tuesday: Sunny. Min 21, Max 33
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 23, Max 34
Monday: Possible shower. Min15, Max22
Tuesday: Cloudy. Min14, Max21
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min14, Max21
Monday: Sunny. Min 15, Max29
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min13, Max25
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 11, Max 20
Monday: Sunny. Min 15, Max 29
Tuesday: Sunny. Min 15, Max34
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min20, Max31
Monday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 26, Max 31
Tuesday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 25, Max 31
Wednesday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 25, Max 32
Monday: Showers easing. Min 16, Max 23
Tuesday: Showers. Becoming windy. Min12, Max17
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min8, Max15
Source: Bureau of Meteorology