‘Relentless’ heatwave is set to hit parts of Australia but others will shiver through an unseasonal chilly spell and pouring rain – here’s the forecast near you
- The north half of the country is facing a ‘relentless’ heatwave set to continue
- The heat will bring damaging thunderstorms to parts of northern Queensland
- But in the southern half it’s a very different story with a cold front hitting capitals
The ‘relentless’ heatwave scorching Australia’s northwest will continue into next week, but parts of the south and east will shiver through starkly different conditions.
The temperature in Darwin is set to remain around 35C until the onset of storms late on Tuesday, while Alice Springs will be blasted with two more days of 42C heat before some small relief with temperatures dropping into the low 30s from Monday.
Northern WA had recorded the highest temperatures from the heatwave early on Saturday, with the mercury rising to 43.9C at Wyndham Airport and 43.6C at Marble Bar.
The ‘relentless’ heatwave scorching Australia’s northwest will continue into next week, but parts of the south and east will shiver through starkly different conditions
Bureau of Meteorology heatwave warning for Saturday December 10 – Monday December 12
The heatwave could reach its peak on Sunday, with temperatures expected to hit 46C at Marble Bar and 45C at Fitzroy Crossing on Monday before possible storms roll in.
Sky News Weather presenter Rhiannon Elston said NT and northern WA residents would have to manage through at least three more days of the ‘relentless’ extreme heat.
‘We are still seeing heatwave conditions across Darwin at the moment. They will persist until around Tuesday when we see the next batch of wet weather moving in,’ Ms Elston said.
The outlook was far better for Perth residents, where sunny conditions will reign for all of next week with temperatures between 25 and 33C.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Central Queensland on Saturday, with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain forecast for the region.
Residents living in parts of Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia Forecast Districts should expect to feel the brunt of the weather system, as thunderstorms move north over eastern Queensland.
‘Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Capricornia and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts,’ the Bureau stated on Saturday.
Sunny conditions will reign for all of next week in Perth with temperatures between 25 and 33C
Midweek showers will spoil the summer fun for Brisbane residents, but two mostly sunny days of 29C on Thursday and Friday will bode nicely for the cricket Test match starting at the Gabba on Saturday.
Sydney’s weather outlook for the week appears relatively stable, with forecast showers on Monday only likely to be a ‘one-day affair’, Ms Elston said.
‘Temperatures will hover in the 20s for the rest of the week,’ she said.
Yet another cold front will sweep across capital cities in the nation’s south, sending temperatures spiralling on Monday in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra.
The mercury will dip as low as 13C in Hobart on Wednesday, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting rainfall of up to 10mm on both Wednesday and Thursday
Melbourne could have between 6 and 15mm of rain on Monday according to the Bureau, with the unpleasant weather unlikely to subside until after next weekend
The mercury will dip as low as 13C in Hobart on Wednesday, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting rainfall of up to 10mm on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Melbourne could have between 6 and 15mm of rain on Monday according to the Bureau, with the unpleasant weather unlikely to subside until after next weekend.
After light showers in the first half of next week, Adelaide’s weather will recover slightly for partly cloudy conditions with temperatures in the low 20s until the weekend.
Canberra has an 80 per cent chance of showers on Monday, with cool temperatures between 17 and 19C to linger for the remainder of the week.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
Sunday: Shower or two Min 16 Max 23
Monday: Early shower or two Min 11 Max 20
Tuesday: Possible shower Min 12 Max 19
Wednesday: Cloudy Min 11 Max 19
Sunday: Partly cloudy Min 20 Max 27
Monday: Mostly sunny Min 19 Max 31
Tuesday: Shower or two, possible storm Min 21 Max 30
Wednesday: Partly cloudy Min 19 Max 31
Sunday: Shower or two Min 7 Max 28
Monday: Showers Min 13 Max 19
Tuesday: Partly cloudy Min 5 Max 19
Wednesday: Mostly sunny Min 5 Max 18
Sunday: Mostly sunny Min 27 Max 34
Monday: Partly cloudy Min 27 Max 34
Tuesday: Shower or two, possible storm Min 27 Max 35
Wednesday: Shower or two, possible storm Min 25 Max 34
Sunday: Showers developing Min 11 Max 22
Monday: Showers Min 13 Max 19
Tuesday: Showers increasing Min 11 Max 17
Wednesday: Showers Min 8 Max 13
Sunday: Showers developing, windy Min 17 Max 27
Monday: Showers, windy Min 13 Max 17
Tuesday: Shower or two Min 11 Max 17
Wednesday: Showers Min 9 Max 15
Sunday: Sunny Min 13 Max 28
Monday: Sunny Min 14 Max 30
Tuesday: Mostly sunny Min 15 Max 32
Wednesday: Mostly sunny Min 17 Max 33
Sunday: Mostly sunny Min 17 Max 27
Monday: Shower or two Min 21 Max 29
Tuesday: Sunny Min 15 Max 26
Wednesday: Sunny Min 15 Max 24