The weekend is set to be a scorcher with blistering desert heat being dragged across much of the south east over the coming days.
Fire danger warnings are being ramped up in Adelaide, parts of Brisbane and Sydney could reach or even surpass 40C and Melbourne is may see its hottest day since January.
Saturday should be clear and calm across most capitals, although Perth will be soggy. But the toasty conditions are looming as the heat spike arrives.
“Baking heat from north west Australia will push towards the south with a round of heat arriving at the end of the weekend and into the beginning of next week,” said Sky News Weather Meteorologist Alison Osborne.
“First over South Australia and then the south east. On Sunday, a change in Melbourne could see it have its hottest day since January.
“Next on the cards will be NSW.”
Adelaide will likely top out a 10C hotter on Saturday than Friday hitting 29C. Then a further jump on Sunday to a sizzling 36C in the CBD.
Extreme fire danger warnings have been issued for grassland areas north of Adelaide. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned thunderstorms are likely to the north and east of Adelaide on Sunday before the heat dips to a more seasonal 22C from Monday.
Overnight on Sunday will be hot too, not dipping below 20C.
Melbourne’s CBDs will peak at 21C on Saturday but then the heat will roll through with Sunday potentially hitting 33C. The city’s highest temperature in 2020 so far was on 31 January when the mercury hit almost 43C – so it still a way off that.
Overnight lows will be around 13C with sunny skies and some cloud.
The BOM has warned of damaging winds on Sunday for the western and central ranges and the Otways.
Tasmania should escape the blistering temperatures, bumping around 20C all weekend and into next week with lows of 11C. Some rain may pass through Hobart on Sunday and Monday.
Canberra is forecast to reach 30C on Monday and possibly Sunday, while Saturday will be a more usual 23C. Sunday should see clear blue skies.
A sunny weekend in Sydney. Temperatures will be very manageable, peaking at around 25C both days. However, Monday will see a spike to 332 in the city but in the western Suburbs get ready to sweat with the mercury hitting 40C in Penrith.
There will then be a big fall back to the low twenties on Tuesday. Minimums in the mid-teens for the Harbour City on Saturday and Sunday.
Warm in Brisbane with highs of around 32C from Saturday all the way through to Monday and then higher again at 34C on Tuesday. Mostly sunny skies and no rain with lows of 20C in the city. Inland it will be far hotter with Ipswich settling in for a run of scorching days including 38C on Saturday. It won’t dip below 35C maximums until Tuesday.
Partly cloudy and 35C in Darwin on Saturday with a possible storm on Sunday and Monday.
A rainy few days in Perth with up to 8mm falling on Saturday and a forecast maximum of 32C and low of 14C. Still the possibility of a shower on Sunday with a high of 21C. Top temperatures are likely to increase into the mid-twenties early in the week.