We’re in for a toasty weekend with temperatures soaring past 30 degrees in multiple states with several heatwaves.
The Bureau of Meteorology said “a taste of summer” is on the way with temperatures up to 14C above average across southeastern states this weekend.
Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard told Yahoo News Australia the high temperatures have arrived earlier than usual.
“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.
Adelaide could reach 37C on Saturday and 34 on Sunday while Port Augusta and Woomera could hit a sweltering 42 and 39 on the two days.
Sydney won’t experience the wrath of the heat with tops of 24 and 29 on Saturday and Sunday’s forecast.
A taste of #summer on the way with temperatures up to 14c above average across south-eastern states this weekend. Expecting 32C in #Canberra today and 37C in #Adelaide on Saturday. Rain and storms to bring relief late Sunday.
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— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) November 19, 2020
However, the city was scorched on Friday. Penrith reached just short of 40 at about 3.22pm. Horsley Park and Richmond each topped 37 at about 2.45pm.
It’s mostly inland NSW areas which will feel the brunt of the heat with Temora, Griffith, Hay and Wentworth all potentially topping 40 on Saturday with high 30s on Sunday.
For many of these areas, Friday was the start of a three-day heatwave which is expected to last until Monday.
The ACT is in for a hot Sunday too, as it reaches 32 with a slight chance of rain after a top of 27 on Saturday.
Luckily for coastal areas, a cool change is expected to kick in late on Sunday with some showers forecast.
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