Several Australian states are set for a sweltering start to the week as the Bureau of Meteorology issues a heatwave warning with some cities closing in on 40 degrees.
BOM has issued a warning for South Australia, Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Forecaster Jonathan How told News Corp Victoria is set to sizzle.
“It‘s going to be the warmest day of the year so far for Victoria,” he said.
“It’s going be pretty hot on Sunday but Monday is going to be the peak day and getting up into the high 30s along the coast and low 40s inland.”
The intensified temperatures are due to heat travelling east from Western Australia through both South Australia, Victoria and southern NSW.
Melbourne could reach as high as 37 on Monday despite not being directly affected by the heatwave.
In Albury-Wodonga near the state border with NSW, which is in the “severe heatwave” zone according to BOM’s alert, it could get as hot as 37 on Monday, 39 on Tuesday and 41 on Wednesday.
Similar conditions are forecast up until and including Wednesday for nearby towns including Rutherglen and Corryong.
Adelaide is forecast to experience the same type of heat as Melbourne with a top of 37, but a cool change will also see the temperature drop slightly from Tuesday onwards.
Hawker, north of Adelaide, could see three consecutive days eclipsing 39 as it experiences what BOM refers to as a “low intensity heatwave”.
Canberra will also experience a heatwave of the same magnitude with a top of 33 on Monday followed by 35 and 36.
The heat will largely miss Sydney though with temperatures reaching the high 20s.
Much of the WA heat will also miss Perth although the CBD will experience several days of temperatures in the low 30s.
This will come as a relief after the city reached 40 on Friday.
Broome, in the state’s north, will continue its ongoing heatwave with a week of temperatures topping about 35.
Hobart won’t escape the heat either as it could potentially hit 36 on Monday. However the heat won’t last long with a high of 21 forecast for Tuesday.
Areas southwest of Darwin, including Peppimenarti and Wadeye, are also in the eye of the heatwave and a week of temperatures in the mid to high 30s is forecast.
Darwin won’t experience the heatwave but should have highs in the low 30s throughout the week.
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