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Severe heatwave intensifies for south eastern states

Millions of people in the country’s south-east are preparing for an extreme heatwave with scorching temperatures predicted until Australia Day.

The heatwave will intensify today with large parts of NSW, Victoria, the ACT and South Australia expected to swelter in temperatures above 40C.

Adelaide and Canberra are looking like the hottest cities with a maximum of 37C.

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

Sydney will be slightly cooler although still hot with a top of 29C and Melbourne will reach 27C later this afternoon.

Perth is also in for a warm day with a top of 28C with a sebere fire danger warning in place for parts of WA.

Meanwhile communities in the northern parts of the state 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 is weak, it is producing areas of heavy rainfall well to the southeast of the system. The low is expected to move towards the southeast over Interior Districts during the weekend.

Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is possible with daily rainfall totals of 50 to 100mm with isolated falls to 200mm possible. The heaviest rain will be well to the southeast of the low.

Heavy rainfall is expected to extend further southeast, towards the border on Sunday.

Thunderstorms and gusty winds are also possible in the warning area.

Flood Watches and Warnings are current. Locations which may be affected include Carnegie.

Here’s your state-by-state weather forecast for Saturday January 23, 2021:

New South Wales and ACT

Sunny, warm in the northeast. Mostly sunny, warm in the southeast. Windy on the Alps. Sunny, hot in the west.

Sydney will be sunny with a minimum of 21C and maximum of 29C. Light winds becoming E/NE 15 to 25 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the late evening.

Further west, Penrith is tipped to reach 37C today, as is Parramatta and areas of the lower Blue Mountains.

Scorching temperatures are forecast for the ACT with sunny conditions and a top of 37C today.

The Central West Slopes and plains will be and sunny with daytime maximum temperatures set to peak above 40C in places like West Wyala and Forbes.

Temperatures will also surge across the Riverina with Hillston set to reach 42C.

synoptic map

Fog then mostly sunny, warm in the south. Sunny, hot in the north,

Morning cloud clearing to a sunny day with a minimum of 15C and a maximum of 27C.

Temperatures further inland are forecast to surge into the high 30s with Maryborough, Redesdale and Seymore expected to hit 37C.


Mostly sunny, warm-to-very warm in the southeast. isolated showers, very warm in the northeast. Late shower, very warm in the northwest. Mostly sunny, hot in the southwest.

Birsbane will be mostly sunny. Slight chance of a shower with a minimum of 20C and a maximum of 30C.

Birdsville, which was the hottest place in Queensland for 2020, is set to reach 44C today.

South Australia

Sunny, very warm-to-hot in the southeast and central. Mostly sunny, hot in the west and north.

Adelaide will be very hot and sunny today with a top of 37C.

Temperatures could 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

Western Australia is a mix of extreme conditions today as the tropical low which made landfall last night continues over the state.

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

Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the southwest. Late shower, very warm in the south. Showers/storms, warm-to-very warm in the north. Windy with rain in East Pilbara and West Kimberley.

Perth will be mostly sunny with a minimum of 20C and a maximum of 28C.

Northern Territory

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

Darwin will be cloudy. Very high chance of showers minimum of 24C and a maximum of 31C. A thunderstorm likely.

Clearing shower, warm in the southwest. Mostly sunny, very warm in the southeast. Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the north.

Hobart will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower in the far south later tonight. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. Daytime maximum temperatures 20C to 26C.

Source: 9News | World News

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