Australia sizzles through another heatwave – with temperatures set to soar to 40 degrees this weekend, breaking a 165-year record
- Sydney is forecast to see four days above 30C
- A heatwave will affect QLD, NSW, WA and SA
Sydney is just days away from breaking a 165-year-old record with a weekend heatwave expected to keep temperatures above 30C.
A large-scale heatwave will affect the east coast from Brisbane to south New South Wales and parts of Western Australia and South Australia from Friday until Sunday.
Temperatures around Sydney are forecast to stay above 30C through to Sunday, after they soared to 32C weather on Thursday.
‘This would be the first time in 165 years of records Sydney has seen four consecutive days at or above 30C in autumn,’ Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said.
‘This week’s heat will have beaches packed and air conditioners running like it’s the middle of summer.’
A large-scale heatwave will see temperatures around Australia stay above 30C this weekend (pictured, the heatwave forecast for Saturday)
Temperatures in Sydney are expected to stay above 30C for four consecutive days (pictured, Bondi Beach)
Western Sydney is expected to reach 36C on Friday and 34C on Saturday before reaching 40C on Sunday, the second day to reach 40C this month.
It would be the second time on record that two days in March reached 40C in the Sydney Basin.
Mr Domensino explained the unseasonal heatwave had been triggered by ‘two separate tongues of hot air’.
‘This type of weather pattern is more typical of summer than early autumn, with some places likely to see their hottest weather this late in the season for more than 20 years,’ he said.
Temperatures in the high 30Cs will also be felt in parts of the Pilbara and Kimberley in Western Australia this weekend, with Port Hedland set to reach 39C on Friday.
Perth will see slightly cooler weather heading into the weekend, with a maximum of 26C forecast for Friday and 28C for Saturday.
Melbourne is forecast to see its hottest late autumn day in the last ten years on Saturday, with the city expected to reach 37C.
Meteorologists warned beaches around Australia will be packed this weekend with many coastal cities set to see maximum temperatures above 30C (pictured, Bondi Beach)
A heatwave will hit parts of NSW, Queensland, WA and SA this weekend (pictured, the heatwave forecast for Friday)
Temperatures in Canberra will shoot past 30C on the weekend with Sunday expected to reach 36C.
Hobart will see much cooler weather with maximums of 20C forecast on Friday and Sunday and a minimum of 10C on Monday.
The weather will cool in Adelaide as the weekend ends with a high of 31C on Friday, 29C on Saturday and 25C on Sunday.
Darwin is still in the brunt of its wet season with storms forecast through to next week alongside temperatures in the low 30Cs.
FOUR-DAY FORECAST FOR MAJOR CITIES
Friday Mostly sunny. Max 26
Saturday Sunny. Min 14 Max 28
Sunday Sunny. Min 16 Max 33
Monday Mostly sunny. Min 21 Max 36
Friday Cloud clearing. Max 31
Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 22 Max 29
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 25
Monday Partly cloudy. Min 13 Max 27
Friday Cloud clearing. Max 24
Saturday Becoming windy. Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 37
Sunday Shower or two. Min 17 Max 21
Monday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 22
Friday Partly cloudy. Max 20
Saturday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 26
Sunday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 20
Monday Cloudy. Min 10 Max 19
Friday Sunny. Max 29
Saturday Sunny. Min 11 Max 32
Sunday Sunny. Min 14 Max 36
Monday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 25
Friday Sunny. Max 30
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 20 Max 29
Sunday Sunny. Min 20 Max 32
Monday Shower or two. Min 21 Max 25
Friday Mostly sunny. Max 36
Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 23 Max 32
Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 23 Max 32
Monday Mostly sunny. Min 21 Max 31
Friday Shower or two. Possible storm. Max 32
Saturday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25 Max 33
Sunday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25 Max 32
Monday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25 Max 33
Source: Bureau of Meteorology