We’re in for a toasty long weekend with temperatures in southern parts of Australia hitting up to 10 degrees above average.
Weatherzone meteorologist Graham Brittain told Yahoo News Australia a front end trough is bringing warm air to the southeast corner with Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney set to heat up.
It follows last week’s “polar plunge”.
“Adelaide will peak on Friday with a high of about 31-32C which is 10-12 degrees above the long-term average for October,” Mr Brittain said.
“In Melbourne, Saturday will reach about 27-29 which is about 10 degrees above the October long-term average.”
Canberra will reach 25-26 across Saturday and Sunday which is about 6-7 above the long-term October average.
NSW will be more significantly impacted though as temperatures in Sydney and western parts of the city climb above 30.
The heat will subside after the Monday public holiday in NSW and South Australia though, with Tuesday set for a high of 23 in Sydney and Adelaide 18.
While parts of the east are due for warm temperatures, the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts Western Australia could be 12 below average.
It’s due to cold air crossing the country and on Tuesday, Perth reached a high of just 20. Last year on the same day the city hit a maximum of 31.
On Saturday and Sunday, Perth could reach a low of 7 and highs of 19 with similar temperatures to start next week.
Temperatures are set to heat up in the east & plummet in the west later this week.— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) September 29, 2020
Ahead of an approaching cold front temps are likely to be 6–14 °C above average, while behind the front they could dip to 12 °C below average for parts of WA. Forecasts: https://t.co/q4w12kcIIo pic.twitter.com/VUOi5eZCxF
Further south and West Harbour, Walpole and Denmark should have lows between 8-10 over the same period.
Parts of northern NSW and southern Queensland could be lashed by wild storms late Wednesday.
Mr Brittain said the thunderstorms could continue into Thursday.
“We could see intense storm activity with heavy rain and hail,” he said.
Bourke, Walgett and Brewarrina are due to be hit by storms while over the border Cunnamulla, St George, Bollon and Dirranbandi could experience similar conditions.
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