Australia will swelter through what could be the hottest January on record with a 40°C heatwave set to sweep across the country. ‘This next hot spell will take us through to the end of month so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the hottest January ever,‘ meteorologist Rob Sharpe told.
Soaring temperatures can be expected in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria beginning on Tuesday, interrupting the cooler weather that the eastern seaboard had last weekend.
Severe #heatwave conditions returning to the southeast of Australia. #Adelaide expected to reach 37°C today, 40°C on Wednesday and 45°C on Thursday. #Melbourne 38°C on Thursday and 41°C on Friday. #Sydney to expereince the heat over the weekend. Latest at https://t.co/FpVAM7p5Bp pic.twitter.com/jV7C01zzsH— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) January 22, 2019
The hot spell about to engulf much of south east Australia is set to be even more blistering with meteorologists having upped their temperature forecasts. Adelaide is now set to hit 44C on Thursday and with parts of Sydney sweltering through a high of 43C on the weekend.
The heat is expected to last until Australia Day, prompting more people to make their way to the beaches.
More than 200 fires were currently burning across Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria combined and coming blustery conditions could see more spark up.
“There is very hot weather coming through. Friday could be the most dangerous fire day we’ve seen this summer across south east Australia.
The fire threat will ramp up again to a peak on Friday when winds and temperatures look to be worse than today. This will lead to multiple districts with severe fire danger and even the chance of extreme fire danger in parts of Tasmania, something that is exceptionally rare,” he said.
UPDATED FIRE WEATHER WARNING— Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania (@BOM_Tas) January 21, 2019
Severe Fire Danger for the Midlands and East Coast.
Very High Fire Danger for the Central North, North East, Upper Derwent Valley, South East and Central Plateau.
Monitor the situation here: https://t.co/jkiR2FaDGX and https://t.co/ciTT6HBBtu.
People living in south east Australia have already been warned of an “intense hot spell” for the end of the week as well as the possibility this January could be the warmest on record.
If that record does fall then it’s possible the accolade for the hottest Australian summer since records began could also be snatched.
JANUARY COULD BE RECORD-BREAKER
The hot weather is setting up January to be a record-breaker, according to Mr Sharpe.
Australia is tracking towards its hottest January on record, with another wave of extreme heat set to sweep across the nation ahead of Australia Day. @TonyAuden #TheLatest #7News pic.twitter.com/x91V9hAfdm— 7 News Wide Bay (@7NewsWideBay) January 21, 2019
“We’ve just come off the back of the hottest December on record. In this latest heat spell we had four days that were in the top 10 hottest Australian days on record and the hottest night on record. We’ve had some serious heat and it has not really broken up. This next hot spell will take us through to the end of month so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the hottest January ever,” he said. “And if that happens it could be the hottest summer on record.”
Busy week for weather
Aside from the heat there is also a monsoon forming north of the continent, a possible tropical cyclone to the west and wind and rain for Perth and south west Western Australia — all in the run up to Australia Day.
The bubbling up of a monsoon could change things, particularly as January comes to a close. A tropical cyclone developing off the north coast is likely to bring rain into initially northern and central Western Australia. As this area is the engine of heat that often ends up in the southeast, it may bring down the highs.
“That could bring rain across a good proportion of the country and will break up that heat and bring a little bit of cooling,” Mr Sharpe said.
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