'Heat engine switches on': Summer finally arrives ahead of weekend

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·3-min read

Australia is set to heat up over the weekend after weeks of ongoing rain kept temperatures low in December.

Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said the “heat engine is finally switching back on”.

Ms Osborne said this is due to a reduction in tropical activity in Australia’s north.

“That will mean warm conditions across southern and eventually south eastern Australia,” she said.

“So, after a cool start to summer things are starting to ramp up.”

A weather map of Australia.
Australia's temperature breakdown on Sunday shows the heat persisting in Western Australia. Source: BSCH

Perth begins recovery from heatwave

Perth is almost out of a heatwave with conditions forecast to ease on Sunday. The CBD could experience a top of 37 on Saturday before it drops to a max of 29 on Sunday.

The top will rise again to the low to mid 30s through to Thursday.

It’s a far cry from the sweltering 40 the city reached at about 1pm local time on Friday however, and the 38 it topped on Thursday.

Spare a thought for residents in Broome and surrounding areas in WA’s north too with a weekend topping 38 ahead of four working days potentially hitting 35.

The Bureau of Meteorology said this heat from WA will travel across the south coast and into South Australia, Victoria and NSW.

A general view of Perth city from Kings Park in Perth.
Residents enjoy sunshine at Kings Park in Perth. Source: AAP

Adelaide set for hot week

Adelaide is in for a toasty few days with BOM forecasting a top of 34 on Saturday before four consecutive days of temperatures in the mid 30s.

The relief from the sweltering conditions is expected to arrive on Thursday with a top of 27.

Hot Monday for Melbourne

Melbourne’s heat should kick in on Sunday with a max of 32 expected before a top of 37 to start the working week with a low of 22.

Saturday should see the city just drop short of 30 with a top of 28.

The heat won’t stick around long in Melbourne either with Tuesday dropping to a top just 23.

People are seen exercising at Albert Park in Melbourne.
A man jogs around Albert Park in Melbourne. Source: AAP

Sydney heat rises, Canberra simmers

Sydney will begin to approach a top of 30 degrees next week but might just fall short with Tuesday to Thursday forecast for maximums of 29.

Friday saw Sydney reach a top of just over 22 at about 1.30pm. Saturday should be warmer though with a maximum of 25 before it tops 27 on Sunday and 28 Monday.

Monday should also see the skies clear after ongoing cloud cover from the rain.

Areas southwest of Sydney, inland from the south coast, will cop more intense heat with Wagga Wagga reaching 31 on Saturday, 35 Sunday, 36 Monday before 39 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Canberra should feel the heat too with a top of 28 on Saturday before it rises to a max of 32 on Sunday.

Monday through to Thursday should see temperatures reach the mid to low 30s.

Brisbane drops short of 30, rain continues in Far North Queensland

Brisbane won’t feel too much of the heat with temperatures remaining in the high 20s throughout the weekend and into next week.

Parts of the north and Far North Queensland will still be feeling the rain.

Bowen, in the Whitsundays, could receive as much as 90mm on both Saturday and Sunday before the wet weather begins to ease.

It’s a different story for Cairns in the far north though with 70mm Saturday, 45mm Sunday and another 60mm on Monday.

The rainfall is forecast to continue throughout the week too with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all possibly receiving more than 30mm each day.

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