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More heat to come as south swelters

The predicted heatwave has defied national expectations, with many places being even hotter than originally forecast.

Temperatures reached 38C in parts of Sydney, with people taking to the water wherever they could.

While in Victoria, the mercury was nudging just over 40C in Mildura, as the head hit the northwest of the state.

And it’s expected to all happen again tomorrow, as the south-eastern states of Australia continue to swelter.

Temperatures are spiking across south-eastern Australia in a midsummer heatwave. (9News)

Meanwhile communities in the northern parts of Western Australia are mopping up after a tropical low dumped heavy rain across the Kimberly and Pilbara overnight.

Just after midnight, the system, which was initially expected to turn into a cyclone, was located well inland from the Eighty Mile Beach area, near Telfer.

While the low has weakened, it is still producing areas of heavy rainfall well to the southeast of the system. The low is expected to move towards the southeast of the state and over Interior Districts during the weekend.

Heat map shows high temperatures set to sweep southeast of Australia. (BoM)

A monsoon trough is also looming over the tropics, with northern parts of Queensland and the NT receiving thunder and showers.

There is also the possibility the trough may turn into a cyclone later this week.

Here’s your state-by-state weather forecast for Sunday, January 24, 2021:

New South Wales and ACT

Mostly sunny, warm in the northeast. Fog then sunny, warm in the southeast. Windy on the Alps. Sunny, hot in the southwest. Mostly sunny, hot in the northwest.

Sydney will be sunny with a minimum of 21C and maximum of 33C in the city.

Further west, Penrith is tipped to reach 40C tomorrow, with high temperatures also forecast for Parramatta and areas of the lower Blue Mountains.

Parts of the country will top 40C. (9News)

Scorching temperatures are forecast for the ACT with sunny conditions and a top of 38C for Sunday.

The south and west of NSW are expected to also suffer, with temperatures at Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Broken Hill set to top 40C.

synoptic map

Mostly sunny, very warm in the southwest. Fog then sunny, very warm in the southeast. Mostly sunny, hot in the north.

Mildura in the state’s north-west is predicted to peak at about 44C tomorrow.

In Melbourne, temperatures are expected to reach 35C, before peaking at 40C on Monday.


Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the southeast. Late shower, very warm in the northeast. Mostly sunny, hot in the west.

Brisbane tomorrow will be slightly cooler, set to peak at 29C, but temperatures will be higher in other southern parts of the state, with a prediction of 43C in Birdsville.

People took to the water for relief. (9News)

The tropical low over the far north is expected to become more active, bringing with it more rain.

South Australia

Mostly sunny, hot-to-very hot inland. Coastal sea breezes.

Temperatures are set to get even hotter with tomorrow forecast to reach 41C in the city before dropping into the mid 30s on Monday and Tuesday.

The heat is elevating the state’s fire danger with a severe warning for the Mount Lofty Ranges today.

Western Australia

Clearing showers, mild-to-warm in the southwest and south. Windy, very warm in the northwest. Showers and storms, warm in the northeast.

Meanwhile there is a severe fire danger warning for Goldfields, Eucla and Ninghan due to high temperatures, dry conditions and gusty winds.

Perth will be mostly sunny with a minimum of 17C and a maximum of 26C.

Northern Territory

Showers/storms, warm in the north. Mostly cloudy, very warm over the interior. Late thunder, very warm-to-hot in the south.

There’s a chance of storms in Darwin, where temperatures will run from 25C-30C.

Temperatures are expected to rise again on Sunday. (9News)

Mostly cloudy, late showers, very warm in the southwest. Mostly sunny, hot in the southeast. Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the north.

Hobart is set to be cloudy with a top of 26C.

– Reported with Weatherzone and Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Source: 9News | World News

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