Several Australian regions are set to swelter today as the country braces for summer temperatures a few weeks ahead of schedule.
Parts of NSW will rocket towards 40 degrees, while areas across Victoria will hover in the mid 30s, Canberra will be at least nine degrees above average and Queensland will sweat in the humidity.
Afternoon hours between 3pm and 4pm will be hottest for much of the country, with Penrith, in western Sydney, expected to hit 38 degrees in the afternoon.
Sydney city is expected to be almost 10 degrees cooler with a predicted maximum of 29 degrees due to the breeze coming in off the coast.
Western inland areas won’t have the same luxury, with 41 degrees expected for Bourke, and 38 degrees for Wagga Wagga.
Northern Victoria to swelter
Melbourne had the worst of its heat on Thursday, Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard told Yahoo News Australia, and will cool down to 21 on Friday.
But outer regions in Victoria are in for a hot Friday and weekend.
“Mildura is still expecting 36, and it will generally be 35 and 36 across The Malley region,” Mr Pippard said.
Mildura is forecast to hit 41 on Saturday. The Albury and Wodonga area is expected to be warm as well with 36 degrees forecast on Friday and 35 on Saturday. Shepparton will likely be just a fraction cooler on Friday at 33 degrees, but should reach 37 on Saturday.
Blistering heat has arrived earlier than usual
The high temperatures have arrived slightly earlier than usual, according to Mr Pippard.
“This is more what you would expect in December, so it’s a couple of weeks early. It’s not hugely unusual, but it is pretty warm for this time of year,” he said.
Canberra is expected to be at least nine degrees warmer than its average maximum of 23 for this time of year, Mr Pippard said.
The nation’s capital is forecast to hit a toasty 32 degrees, which despite being warm for Canberra, isn’t entirely out-of-character for November.
Humidity sets in for Queensland
Queensland is set to record another typically warm day, but moisture in the air is beginning to have a significant impact on its humidity.
“Temperatures are starting to feel one or two degrees warmer than the actual temperature,” Mr Pippard said.
“Other than that, there will be pretty average temperatures all up and down the state.”
Brisbane is in for a maximum of 29 degrees, the Gold Coast could be one degree cooler at 28 degrees, and the Sunshine Coast a degree cooler again at 27.
Adelaide is set to have slightly hotter weather with 31 forecast for today, before an even warmer 37 on Saturday.
The Northern Territory is forecast to be 35 and sunny today and the same tomorrow but with possible storms.
Hobart is set to be a bit cloudy and a much cooler 21, while Western Australia residents will have a sunny but moderate 26 degrees.
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