A hot air mass moving across Australia looks set to deliver scorching temperatures for part of the Labour Day long weekend.
Those in regions of NSW and the ACT enjoying Monday off work will be pleased to learn their long weekends will be subject to temperatures far higher than the average.
An abnormally hot October across Australia kicked off “with a bang” on Wednesday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, thanks to the hot air mass which built in Western Australia and moved east across the nation.
As it moves across South Australia, Victoria and NSW, temperatures will rocket to as high as 12 degrees above the average for the beginning of October, the bureau confirmed.
NSW and South Australia to cop brunt of hot air mass
Sydney enjoyed temperatures of 25 degrees on Wednesday, while Thursday is set for a high of 27, and 29 for Friday.
Moving into the long weekend, the temperature drops slightly on a cloudy Saturday before rocketing back to 26 and 25 on Sunday and Monday respectively.
Without the cooling effect of the ocean, Penrith in the city’s west will reach 34 degrees on both Friday and Monday.
Moving further inland, Dubbo will top 35 on Sunday and Monday and Canberra will reach 28 on Friday and Sunday with a dip on Saturday.
October is looking to start with a bang. By the end of the week a hot airmass building in WA will extend east across SA, through north west Vic & into #NSW. Above average temps are likely in Sydney Fri & Sun. Current #forecast may see Penrith hit 37 on Sun https://t.co/pXXfb826tn pic.twitter.com/zBgVulob3c— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) October 1, 2019
For South Australia the heat will have cooled for their extra day off at the start of next week but the state will be basking in sweltering temperatures in the days prior.
Elizabeth in northeast Adelaide will enjoy temperatures of 32 on Friday and 35 on Saturday. The capital will reach 33 on Saturday then drop significantly to 21 on Sunday and to 17 on Monday.
There will be eye-watering temperatures for Port Augusta on Saturday with highs of 40, before dropping to 30 on Sunday.
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Victoria will also feel the effects of the high-pressure system with Melbourne reaching 29 on Thursday, but dropping to 17 and 20 on Friday and Saturday respectively. Sunday’s top temperature jumps back up to 27 on Sunday, before falling again on Monday to 18.
And spare a thought for those inland, at Mildura on the Victoria-NSW border it will be an uncomfortable 34 on Sunday, well above average for this time of year.
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BoM senior meteorologist Tom Delamotte said such conditions are extremely rare at this time of year and have come several weeks earlier than normal.
“We don't see it too often, particularly in the first week of October, it is usually at the end of October when we see those temperatures," Mr Delamotte said.
Temperatures are set to rise in to the 30s in Queensland as well, with Brisbane reaching 31 by Saturday and 35 on Monday.
Anyone looking to escape the heat could head west to Perth where it will be around the 20 mark all weekend before rising to 24 on Monday.
Tasmania will also escape the heat but expect wet conditions in Hobart over the weekend with temperatures reach 22 on a rainy Sunday.
Unsurprisingly, NT’s capital Darwin will see a consistent temperature of about 34 for the week.
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