Australia is in for another heatwave – with temperatures reaching 40 degrees this weekend, breaking a record set 165 years ago.
- Sydney is expected to see four days of above 30°C
- The heat wave will affect QLD, NSW, WA and SA
Sydney is just days away from breaking the 165-year-old record, as a heatwave this weekend is expected to keep temperatures above 30C.
A widespread heatwave will affect the east coast from Brisbane to southern New South Wales and parts of Western Australia and South Australia from Friday through Sunday.
Temperatures around Sydney are expected to remain above 30C into Sunday, after rising to 32C on Thursday.
It will be the first time in 165 years that Sydney has seen four consecutive days of 30C or more in the fall. Weatherzone said meteorologist Ben Domencino.
“The heat this week will make the beaches sweltering and the air conditioners working like it’s the middle of summer.”
A widespread heatwave will see temperatures across Australia stay above 30C this weekend (pictured, Saturday’s heatwave forecast)
Temperatures in Sydney are expected to stay above 30°C for four consecutive days (pictured, Bondi Beach)
Western Sydney is expected to hit 36°C on Friday and 34°C on Saturday before hitting 40°C on Sunday, the second day it hit 40°C this month.
It will be the second time on record that two days in March have reached 40°C in the Sydney Basin.
Domencino explained that the unseasonal heat wave was caused by “two separate tongues of hot air.”
“This type of weather pattern is more common in the summer than in the early fall, with some places potentially experiencing their hottest late-season temperatures in more than 20 years,” he said.
Temperatures in the high 30C will also be felt in parts of the Pilbara and Kimberley in Western Australia this weekend, and Port Hedland is set to reach a high of 39C on Friday.
Perth will see slightly cooler weather heading into the weekend, with maximums of 26°C for Friday and 28°C on Saturday.
Melbourne is expected to experience the hottest autumn day in late 10 years on Saturday, and the city is expected to reach a high of 37 degrees Celsius.
Meteorologists have warned that beaches across Australia will be packed this weekend with many coastal towns set to see maximum temperatures above 30C (pictured, Bondi Beach)
A heatwave will hit parts of New South Wales, Queensland, Washington and South Australia this weekend (pictured Friday’s heatwave forecast)
Temperatures in Canberra will exceed 30°C at the weekend and on Sunday are expected to reach 36°C.
Hobart will see cooler weather with a maximum of 20°C forecast on Friday and Sunday and a minimum of 10°C on Monday.
It will be cold in Adelaide as the weekend ends with 31°C on Friday, 29°C on Saturday and 25°C on Sunday.
Darwin continues to suffer the brunt of the rainy season with storms expected until next week along with temperatures in the low 30C.
Four-day forecast for major cities
Friday Partly Sunny. Maximum 26
Sunny Saturday. Minimum 14 maximum 28
Sunday Sunny. Minimum 16 maximum 33
Monday is partly sunny. Minimum 21 maximum 36
Friday Cloud Clearing. Max 31
Saturday is partly sunny. Minimum 22 maximum 29
Sunday partly cloudy. Minimum 16 maximum 25
Monday partly cloudy. Minimum 13 maximum 27
Friday Cloud Clearing. 24 max
Saturday gets windy. partly cloudy. Minimum 15 maximum 37
Sunday a shower or two. 17 minimum maximum 21
Monday partly cloudy. Minimum 14 maximum 22
Friday partly cloudy. Max 20
Saturday a shower or two. Minimum 13 maximum 26
Sunday a shower or two. Minimum 13 maximum 20
Monday cloudy. Minimum 10 maximum 19
Sunny Friday. Max 29
Sunny Saturday. Minimum 11 maximum 32
Sunday Sunny. Minimum 14 maximum 36
Monday partly cloudy. Minimum 14 maximum 25
Sunny Friday. 30 max
Saturday partly cloudy. Minimum 20 maximum 29
Sunday Sunny. Minimum 20 maximum 32
Monday a shower or two. Minimum 21 maximum 25
Friday Partly Sunny. 36 max
Saturday is partly sunny. Minimum 23 maximum 32
Partly sunny Sunday. Minimum 23 maximum 32
Monday is partly sunny. Minimum 21 maximum 31
On Friday a shower or two. potential storm. 32 max
Saturday a shower or two. potential storm. Minimum 25 maximum 33
Sunday a shower or two. potential storm. Minimum 25 maximum 32
Monday a shower or two. potential storm. Minimum 25 maximum 33
source: Met Office