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Aussie town named hottest place on Earth

Tropical cyclone QLD. Picture: WeatherZone
Tropical cyclone Jasper will likely make landfall next week as a heatwave grips the nation. Picture: WeatherZone

A small Australian town has been named the hottest place on Earth while a heatwave continues to grip multiple states.

Significant heat is spreading across the country as residents of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, NSW and the ACT are warned to stay vigilant against heat stroke.

Marree, a South Australian town with a population of less than 100 people, recorded a temperature of 46.4C on Wednesday - making it the hottest place on Earth for a brief period, according to online world temperatures site El Dorado Weather.

Towns in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales took out spots in the top 15 hottest places in the world on the same day.

The worst of the heat is not over either, with temperatures in the low 40s expected in some east coast cities over the weekend.

Sydney is predicted to record a high of 42C in its western suburbs on Saturday, the hottest day residents have experienced since 2020 during the stifling heat of the Black Summer bushfires.

Daily max temp NSW on Saturday. Picture: WeatherZone
Daily maximum temperature in NSW on Saturday, with the mercury set to climb to 42C in the west of Sydney. Picture: WeatherZone

Tropical Cyclone Jasper has intensified to a severe category 3 as it moves over the ocean 1390km east of Cairns and could make landfall early next week.

The cyclone is expected to strengthen further as it tracks south, and will possibly become a category 5 by Thursday night, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Over the weekend, it will likely weaken but remain on course towards the coast with the “highest risk of cyclone impact” to be north of Mackay.

However, the timing and severity of coastal impact are highly uncertain at this stage.

Communities in the region are advised to brace for the potential impact by reviewing their cyclone plan.

Queensland

From the northern tip of the state and reaching from the east to west border in the south, a severe heatwave warning is in place until Saturday.

Maximum temperatures will climb to the mid to high thirties, increasing to the low to mid forties over inland Queensland.

Little relief will arrive in the evening, as minimum temperatures stay in the mid twenties.

Locations likely to be impacted include Aurukun, Birdsville, Cunnamulla, Goondiwindi, Mapoon, Quilpie, St George, Thursday Island, Thargomindah and Weipa.

Conditions will begin to ease over the south towards the end of the week and into the weekend.

Tropical cyclone QLD. Picture: WeatherZone
A severe tropical cyclone Queensland will likely make landfall next week. Picture: WeatherZone

NSW

Sydney is expected to reach a high of 42C in the city’s west on Saturday – the highest temperature in almost four years when the Black Summer bushfires were wrecking havoc.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in any Australian capital city suburb was 48.9C in Penrith during January 2020.

Fire danger on Saturday. Picture RFS NSW.JPG
Fire danger will elevate to extreme and high levels in NSW on Saturday. Picture: RFS NSW

The city is forecast to reach 38C on Saturday, with pools and beaches likely to attract massive crowds across the coast.

Fire danger will be extreme in the city, the lower central west plains and southern slope regions, with high fire danger in most other parts of the state.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty has warned those over the age of 65, young children, pregnant women, people with medical conditions, those who work outside or live alone to stay out of the heat this weekend.

He recommended people avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest time of the day, limit exercise to the morning and to drink water regularly.

The warning comes as thousands of Sydneysiders are expected to attend a packed lineup of concerts this weekend, including The Foo Fighters and 50 Cent at Sydney Olympic Park, Dermot Kennedy at the Opera House and Alex G at the Metro Theatre in the CBD.

South Australia

A severe heatwave sent temperatures soaring to 46C on Wednesday in the north-west and north-east pastoral forecast districts of Adelaide.

The uncomfortable heat is expected to ease on Thursday and Friday, with southern parts of the state likely to reach a high of 33C.

Seven day rain totals in SA. Picture WeatherZone
The 7-day rain totals forecast for South Australia, with the purple area depicting between 100mm and 200mm totals. Picture: WeatherZone
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A heatwave is currently gripping South Australia. Picture: BoM

Heatwave conditions should dissolve by Saturday when a new weather system moves settles over the south of the country bringing a potentially dangerous cocktail of weather.

Heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and damaging winds are all possible over the weekend.

Modelling shown on WeatherZone has predicted a total of between 100mm and 200mm of rainfall could fall over the seven day period to Tuesday.

Victoria

Victorians have managed to escape the worst of the heat this week, with no current warnings in place for heatwave conditions.

A high of 24 is forecast in Melbourne on Thursday, with partly cloudy conditions through the day.

It will be the last dry day before a week of rain lingers over the city, with severe thunderstorms possible on Friday.

A high of 33C is expected with up to 10mm of rainfall and wind picking up to 45km/h in the morning.

The biggest downpour will likely be on Sunday with totals of up to 20mm possible.