Australians are set to sizzle through the most dangerous heatwave of the year so far with sweltering temperatures of up to 50C over the weekend, prompting fire warnings in Sydney and Adelaide.
Severe fire warnings are issued for the weekend, including metropolitan Sydney, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting November records to be smashed.
Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Jonathan How told Daily Mail Australia it is the most significant heatwave of the warm season so far.
Australians are set to sizzle through the most dangerous heatwave of the year so far
Bondi Beach (pictured above on November 20) will be the destination for many this weekend as the mercury continues to rise
‘The significant to extreme conditions will impact millions in south-eastern Australia,’ Mr How said.
Heatwaves are Australia’s biggest killer, killing more people in 100 years than cyclones, flooding and bushfires combined.
‘People are hospitalised and it’s really dangerous so it’s important to take note of the heat and be careful,’ Mr How said.
‘It’s like a huge silent killer.’
The heatwave has already begun in South Australia with Adelaide predicted to reach a top of 40C on Friday.
Western Victoria and New South Wales will also see temperatures topping 40C, but Mr How said the eastern state’s peak won’t hit until Saturday.
‘Tomorrow will be the peak day for South Australia, western NSW and northern Victoria,’ Mr How said.
The highest temperature is predicted for Marree in SA at 47C, while Port Augusta and Renmark will both see 46C.
The highest November temperature was recorded in 1993 with 47.9C, with Mr How predicting the weekend’s weather could come very close.
An extreme bushfire risk has been declared for the Adelaide Hills with the Country Fire Service issuing ratings for six districts on Friday.
Mildura in regional Victoria is expected to reach 45C with low 40’s forecast across the board for NSW.
Severe fire warnings are issued for the weekend, including metropolitan Sydney, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting November records to be smashed. Pictured: Fires on Fraser island
Residents in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland are being told to brace for scorching temperatures as a heatwave blasts the south-east. Pictured: Swimmers on Coogee Beach
The highest temperature in Victoria was recorded in 2012 and was 45.8C, again the weekend figures set to come close to beating it.
‘We are likely to see records being broken for November and they’re coming pretty close to state records,’ Mr How said.
Eastern NSW and south-eastern Queensland will begin to feel the heat on Saturday before bearing the brunt of the weather on Sunday.
‘A run of two hot days is starting Saturday in western Sydney, but it only gets to the CBD and the coast on Sunday,’ Mr How said.
Much of western Sydney will swelter through 40C temperatures both days, with 33C recorded in the city’s CBD on Saturday followed by 39C Sunday.
Newcastle, north of Sydney, is also bracing for the mercury to rise to as high as 41 on Sunday.
The Rural Fire Service has put swathes of the east coast on either ‘severe’ or ‘very high’ fire warnings for both Saturday and Sunday.
‘This will increase the fire risk across much of state with Very High and Severe fire danger likely on the weekend. Plan and prepare now,’ the NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted on Thursday.
‘Hot weather is coming. With increased growth, there’s an increased risk of grass fires this season. Know what to do to get ready.’
Eastern NSW and south-eastern Queensland will begin to feel the heat on Saturday before bearing the brunt of the weather on Sunday. Fires pictures in NSW in January
An extreme bushfire risk has been declared for the Adelaide Hills with temperatures expected to soar to 40C and go even higher in some South Australian regional centres
Mr How said the heat and strong winds make for very dangerous fire conditions.
‘On Sunday there will be fire warnings for northeastern NSW including metropolitan Sydney – so people living in those areas need to check in with fire agencies,’ he said.
The duty forecaster stressed the importance of being careful during the heatwave and to have a plan to manage the exceedingly hot weather.
‘Because it’s the first significant heatwave this season it can catch people by surprise because we are getting into extreme conditions,’ Mr How said.
‘It’s important that those with pre-existing medical conditions or those who are vulnerable take precautions and check-in with authorities.’
‘Stay hydrated, stay out of the sun and make sure pets have water and maybe even put water out for struggling wildlife.’
Mr How urges people to use common sense and check-in with neighbours and loved ones throughout the weekend.
He said people need to be aware of the impact of the hot weather and prepare accordingly.
The Rural Fire Service has put swathes of the east coast on either ‘severe’ or ‘very high’ fire warnings for both Saturday and Sunday. Gospers Mountain fire pictured.
The forecast (pictured above) makes for grim viewing, with temperatures set to exceed 40 degrees in multiple areas across Australia leading into Sunday
The heatwave doesn’t bode well for residents in on the NSW south coast beyond Wollongong, many of whom lost their houses in the bushfires last December and January in places such as Eden and Shoalhaven.
Saturday will see the areas put on high alert for such bushfires yet again, with ‘very high’ chances of blazes breaking out, according to the Rural Fire Service.
The 4,500km band of extreme heat stretches from Broome in Western Australia to the other side of the country in Canberra and beyond.
The conditions are the result of a large area of high pressure system is building in the Tasman Sea, off the coast of NSW and Victoria, bringing hot wind from north west and central Australia.
FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
Friday: Min 18. Max 26. Partly cloudy.
Saturday: Min 18. Max 33. Sunny.
Sunday: Min 22. Max 39. Sunny.
Monday: Min 19.Max 25. Cloudy.
Tuesday: Min 19. Max 30. Cloudy
Friday: Min 12. Max 31. Mostly sunny.
Saturday: Min 20. Max 25. Showers.
Sunday: Min 17. Max 22. Showers.
Monday: Min 13. Max 23. Cloudy.
Tuesday: Min 18. Max 29. Showers.
Friday: Min 13. Max 29. Partly cloudy.
Saturday: Min 16. Max 34. Sunny.
Sunday: Min 19. Max 33. Cloudy.
Monday: Min 14. Max 30. Sunny.
Tuesday: Min 12. Max 35. Sunny.
Friday: Min 27. Max 35. Showers.
Saturday: Min 27. Max 35. Showers.
Sunday: Min 26. Max 34. Showers.
Monday: Min 26. Max 35. Showers.
Tuesday: Min 26. Max 33. Showers.
Friday: Min 20. Max 29. Partly cloudy.
Saturday: Min 19. Max 29. Sunny.
Sunday: Min 19. Max 32. Sunny.
Monday: Min 21. Max 33. Sunny.
Tuesday: Min 23. Max 21. Cloudy.
Friday: Min 19. Max 40. Hot and sunny.
Saturday: Min 23. Max 40. Very hot.
Sunday: Min 16. Max 27. Partly cloudy.
Monday: Min 14. Max 27. Partly cloudy.
Tuesday: Min 19. Max 28. Showers.
Friday: Min 13. Max 25. Partly cloudy.
Saturday: Min 13. Max 24. Cloudy.
Sunday: Min 11. Max 24. Partly cloudy.
Monday: Min 15. Max 25. Cloudy.
Tuesday: Min 9. Max 24. Sunny
Friday: Min 9. Max 27. Partly cloudy.
Saturday: Min 14. Max 22. Showers.
Sunday: Min 11. Max 21. Shower.
Monday: Min 11. Max 23. Partly cloudy.
Tuesday: Min 13. Max 24. Showers.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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