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Catastrophic fire danger as heatwave sweeps the country

A midsummer heatwave is sweeping Australia, this week bringing severe weather conditions to multiple states.

Western Australia is bracing for another day of dangerous fire conditions, with a catastrophic alert issued by the Bureau of Meteorology early this morning.

Meanwhile, a tropical low over Cocos Island could develop into a cyclone by tomorrow morning bringing more severe weather conditions to the WA coast.

Possible tropical cyclone off Western Australia. (BoM)

A weather station at Cocos Island Airport received around 100mm of rain during the 24 hours to 9am yesterday.

The possible cyclone is not expected to reach the mainland however gale-force winds are expected to hammer Perth Local Waters, Ningaloo Coast, Geraldton Coast, Lancelin Coast, Perth Coast, Bunbury Geographe Coast and Leeuwin Coast today.

Troughs and moist, unstable air are generating showers and storms across the tropics, leading to flooding in far north Queensland.

Storms and high temperatures are also expected across NSW today with rain on the way after a mostly dry week.

A front crossing the south of the country will bring patchy rain to Victoria and Tasmania.

Here’s your state-by-state weather forecast for Friday, January 15:

New South Wales and the ACT

Thunderstorms, warm in the northeast. Late showers/storms, cool-to-mild in the southeast. Windy, cool-to-mild in the southwest. Mostly sunny, very warm in the northwest.

Sydney will be partly cloudy with a top of 29C. Slight chance of a shower in the early afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening.

Temperatures remain very warm in the west with with a top of 35C in Penrith today.

Canberra will be mostly sunny with a top of 28C.

Showers, windy, cool-to-cold in the southwest. Windy with late showers, cool-to-mild in the southeast. Windy, cool-to-mild in the north. Showers, possible snow on Alps.

Melbourne will be partly cloudy with a minimum of 13C and top of 21C.

High chance of showers, most likely during this afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and early evening.

Queensland

Mostly sunny, warm-to-very warm in the southeast. Showers/storms, very warm in the northeast. Windy, hot in the northwest. Mostly sunny, very warm in the southwest.

Brisbane will be warm and sunny with a minimum of 21C and a top of 30C.

There are a series of flood warnings in place for rivers around the state including the Thomson River, Fitzroy River Catchment, Herbert River, Beelyando and Suttor Rivers, Murray River, Tully River, and Lower Paroo River.

Western Australia

Mostly sunny, warm-to-very warm in the southwest. Windy, cool-to-mild in the south, showers/storms inland. Mostly sunny, hot in the northwest. The odd storm, very warm in the northeast.

Perth will be mostly sunny with a minimum of 17C and a maximum of 33C.

There is a severe weather warning due to damaging winds possible about the hills and foothills of the Lower West and northern South West districts.

Although gusty easterly winds are typical for this time of year, they are expected to be stronger than usual.

Wind speed averaging 50 – 60 km/h with peak with gusts up to 90 km/h this morning. Gusts could cause damage to homes and property in ares around Armadale, Dwellingup, Ellenbrook, Harvey, Kalamunda, Midland and Mundaring.

Very hot conditions with fresh and gusty east to southeasterly winds over the Gascoyne and Interior.

Strong wing and high temperatures have triggered a catastrophic fire danger warning for South Interior and extreme fire danger for Gascoyne Coast.

A warning for severe fire danger is also in place for the West Pilbara Coast, Gascoyne Inland and North Interior.

South Australia

Windy with showers, cool in the southeast. Windy, cool-to-mild in central. Windy, cool-to-mild in the west and north.

Adelaide will be partly cloudy with a minimum of 14C and a maximum of 21C. Slight chance of a shower.

Showers/storms, cool in the south. Showers/storms, cool-to-mild in the north

Hobart will be cloudy with a very high chance of showers and chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon with possible hail.

Daytime maximum temperatures between 13 and 17.

Northern Territory

Showers/storms, very warm in the north. Mostly sunny, hot over the interior. Sunny, very warm-to-hot in the south.

Darwin will be partly cloudy with a minimum of 25C and maximum of 33C. High chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. A thunderstorm likely.

Light winds becoming slightly stronger in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening.

Source: 9News | World News

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