Blistering heatwave to smash Australia with ‘oppressively warm’ temperatures and NO state or territory is going to escape the heat – here’s how your weekend weather is looking
- Scorching heatwave to sweep Australia
- Temperatures to reach as high as 50C
A scorching heatwave will sweep across Australia and bring ‘record-challenging extreme heat’ with the mercury soaring as high as 50C over the coming days.
North Western Australia will be hit the hardest on Friday with temperatures set to reach 48C while regional Victoria and NSW will see the mercury rise to at least 40C.
The blistering temperatures will continue over the coming days with a low intensity heatwave moving across South Australia and Tasmania but missing major cities.
The hot conditions are expected to continue across the country throughout next week with the mercury reaching a sweltering 50C in parts of Western Australia.
Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said it would mark the second time in the country’s recorded history the temperature has reached that figure during February.
A scorching heatwave will sweep across Australia and bring ‘record challenging extreme heat’ with the mercury soaring as high as 50C over the coming days
Northern Western Australia will be hit the hardest on Friday with temperatures set to reach 48C while regional Victoria and NSW are set to endure around 40C
‘Thanks to drier than average conditions over the northwest of the country, the blazing February sun is heating up the landscape,’ she said.
‘That hot air then travels with systems sweeping through southern Australia.’
Central Victoria and Melbourne could reach 39C on Friday.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Michael Efron said the region would break a 1,113 day record if the mercury reaches 40C.
‘If that were to happen, it would be the first time since the 31st of January, 2020,’ he said.
‘That’s all due to La Nina throughout the last few summers, which has kept things relatively cool.’
A welcome cool change will drop temperatures over the coming days with Melbourne forecast to reach only 23C on Saturday, 26C on Sunday and 25C on Monday.
Regional Western Australia will be hit the hardest on Friday with Karratha reaching 42C and the Pilbara 45C on Friday with the conditions continuing to next week.
‘At this stage, we cannot rule out at least one weather station in the Pilbara or Nullarbor exceeding 50C on Tuesday,’ Ms Osborne said.
‘That would only be the second time this has happened in February in Australia’s history.’
Perth will avoid the worst of the heatwave with a forecast high of 28C on Friday before warming up to 34C on Saturday.
Regional NSW will cop the brunt of the hot temperatures on Friday with Hay in the west of the state reaching 42C.
he blistering temperatures will continue over the coming days with a low intensity heatwave moving across South Australia and Tasmania but missing major cities
Western Sydney will swelter through 35C while Sydney’s CBD will hover around 30C.
Saturday will bring an uncomfortable heat with Nyngan, in the state’s west reaching 41C, Dubbo 39C and Tamworth 37C.
Temperatures will dip in western Sydney to 30C before climbing back up to 34C on Monday with Perth in line to record its hottest day since Summer 2022.
Brisbane will sweat through the low 30Cs throughout the weekend with the mercury reaching 31C on Friday and Saturday and 32C on Sunday.
Monsoonal weather could bring heavy downpours and floods to the Sunshine State with flood watches issued for the north.
Canberra will reach a high of 33C with the mercury peaking at 35C and a possible afternoon storm rolling in on Saturday.
The temperature will dip to 30C on on Sunday before rising again to 33C on Monday.
Hobart will reach a maximum of 32C on Friday before the temperature drops to 24C on Saturday and then 27C on Sunday.
Adelaide’s heatwave had temporarily passed, with 38C on Thursday giving way to a much more pleasant 28C on Friday then 25C on Saturday and 29C on Sunday before temperatures return to the high 30s next week.
FOUR-DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
Friday: Min 20C. Max 30C. Sunny
Saturday: Min 21C. Max 32C Sunny
Sunday: Min 21C, Max 27C Partly cloudy
Monday: Min 21C, Max 29C Cloud clearing
Friday: Min 21C. Max 31C. Mostly sunny
Saturday: Min 20C. Max 32C Sunny
Sunday: Min 21C, Max 32C Partly cloudy
Monday: Min 22C, Max 31C Partly cloudy
Friday: Min 15C. Max 26C. Sunny
Saturday: Min 15C. Max 25C Cloudy
Sunday: Min 13C. Max 29C Sunny
Monday: Min 16C. Max 33C Mostly sunny
Friday: Min 15C. Max 33C Sunny
Saturday: Min 16C. Max 35C Sunny. Stormy
Sunday: Min 14C. Max 30 Mostly sunny
Monday: Min 13C. Max 33C Mostly sunny
Friday: Min 25C. Max 35C. Cloudy
Saturday: Min 17C. Max 23C. Cloudy
Sunday: Min 16C. Max 26C Becoming sunny
Monday: Min 15C. Max 25C Becoming sunny
Friday: Min 15C. Max 28C. Sunny
Saturday: Min 19C. Max 32C Sunny
Sunday: Min 19C. Max 33C Sunny
Monday: Min 19C, Max 31C Sunny
Friday: Min 16C. Max 28C Cloudy
Saturday: Min 16C. Max 25C Cloudy
Sunday: Min 14C. Max 27C Mostly sunny
Monday: Min 17C. Max 23C Shower or two
Friday: Min 27C. Max 33C Stormy
Saturday: Min 27C. Max 33C Stormy
Sunday: Min 26C. Max 33C Shower or two. Possible storm
Monday: Min 26C. Max 32C Showers. Possible storm
Source: Bureau of Meteorology