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Australia Day scorcher on the way

Parts of NSW and Victoria will hit more than 40C again tomorrow as the heatwave continues and eastern states swelter through a sizzling Australia Day.

Crowds have flocked to beaches along the east coast today as temperatures hit the 40C mark in some parts of Sydney and 35C on the coast.

Some parts of Melbourne are expected to hit a top of 39 degrees this afternoon, while temperatures in areas of the state’s centre and north will reach the low forties – including Shepparton, which is expected to hit 43.

Total fire bans have been issued in Victoria’s Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East and East Gippsland districts, and across the Riverina district in NSW on Monday.

Crowds have hit the beaches today to cool off, but tomorrow is expected to be even busier for Australia Day.
Crowds have hit the beaches today to cool off, but tomorrow is expected to be even busier for Australia Day. (Nine)

Surf Life Saving NSW said it expected tomorrow to be its busiest day in the past five years, with strong swells along the coast and huge numbers of eager swimmers.

“These heatwave conditions will continue tomorrow for Australia Day with very warm temperatures expected. For Sydney we are expecting to see temperatures in the low 40 degree mark,” Agata Imielska, from the Bureau of Meteorology, said. 

Ms Imielska said the heatwave was expected to linger into the middle of the week in parts of NSW and Queensland – but relief would come soonest for those in southern NSW.

Cloud and rain was likely to come in the morning in southern NSW and the Riverina region, she said, adding rain was forecasted, along with possible thunderstorms.

Sydney will see a welcome cool change come in tomorrow evening, with temperatures dropping by about eight degrees to the low 20s.

Calls for medical help double

NSW Ambulance Inspector Kate Armstong said the service had received twice as many calls for heat-related illnesses yesterday compared to Saturday.

It was important to look after the young and elderly and be sensible in the heat, she said.

“There are simple things we can do: we can do including staying indoors, put your fans on, drink plenty of fluids.

“Do drink too much alcohol or tea and coffee. Make sure if you do have to venture out you take plenty of water with you.

“Wear a hat and plenty of cool clothing; minimise exercise during the day. Check on family and friends.”

Source: 9News | World News

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