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‘Unseasonable’ heatwave continues to batter the east coast as temperatures soar to 40C and dozens of fires burn across NSW – but a welcome cool change is set to sweep across some parts of the country

  • Several areas are forecast to reach 40C or higher on Sunday
  • Dozens of fires continue to burn across New South Wales 

Temperatures are expected to rise to 40C in NSW as an ‘unseasonable’ heatwave reaches its peak and dozens of fires continue to burn across the state. 

Canberra, Brisbane and Perth are also in for a scorching day, though temperatures in Victoria and South Australia should begin to cool on Sunday.

Sydney’s CBD will reach 32 degrees, but in the west, Penrith is tipped to hit 40C and Richmond and Blacktown should reach 39C, the Bureau of Meteorology forecast.

Sydney's CBD will reach 32 degrees, but in the west, Penrith is tipped to hit 40C and Richmond and Blacktown should reach 39C, the Bureau of Meteorology forecast. Two women are pictured on Bronte Beach

Sydney’s CBD will reach 32 degrees, but in the west, Penrith is tipped to hit 40C and Richmond and Blacktown should reach 39C, the Bureau of Meteorology forecast. Two women are pictured on Bronte Beach

Temperatures in parts of the state’s west – including Forbes, Griffith, Ivanhoe and Cobar – are predicted to climb even higher than 40C.

It comes after NSW sweltered through a steamy Saturday, leaving more than 30 bush and grass fires burning across the state on Sunday morning.

A fire at Craigs Road in Curraweela, in the southern tablelands, was being controlled but had burned through 3,689 hectares, destroying property and livestock.

Another large fire was burning out of control at Yarra Station near Mount Hope in the state’s west and a high fire rating remains for much of the state.

Elsewhere across the country, the temperature in Canberra is predicted to hit 36C on Sunday, while Perth is expected to reach 33C and Brisbane 32C.

Victoria will get some reprieve with cooler weather, though, after temperatures reached the high 30s and low 40s on Saturday.

Residents along the Great Ocean Road in the state’s south-west were on high alert for much of the day, with a watch-and-act message in place for a blaze near Kennett River, although the warning was downgraded in the afternoon.

Several other fires reached advice level before a cool change passed through the state on Saturday evening.

Victorian temperatures should hover about the low to mid-20s for the coming week. 

On Sunday, Melbourne is expected to reach a high of 21C and Adelaide 27C.

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Queensland will have a hot day, with some parts of the state hitting 34C.

The weekend’s heatwave was caused by trough bringing a hot airmass across Australia’s east coast this weekend, creating hot, cry and windy conditions. 

Total fire bans have been lifted in Victoria and South Australia. 

Dozens of fires continue to burn across NSW, including in the Curraweela area (pictured)

Dozens of fires continue to burn across NSW, including in the Curraweela area (pictured)

Five day forecast across country 

 CANBERRA 

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Max 36.

Monday: Cloudy. Min 14 – Max 25.

Tuesday: Shower or two developing. Possible storm. Min 13 – Max 21.

Wednesday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 24.

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 12 – Max 24. 

SYDNEY 

Sunday: Morning fog then sunny. Max 30.

Monday: Shower or two. Windy. Min 21 – Max 26.

Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 20 – Max 25. 

Wednesday: Showers increasing. Min 19 – Max 27. 

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 20 – Max 29.

DARWIN 

Sunday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Max 32.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 25 – Max 33.

Tuesday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 25 – Max 31.

Wednesday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 24 – Max 31.

Thursday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25 – Max 32.

BRISBANE 

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Max 32.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 22 – Max 32.

Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 23 – Max 29.

Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 22 – Max 29.

Thursday: Possible shower. Min 21 – Max 30. 

 MELBOURNE 

Sunday: Possible morning shower. Max 21.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 15 – Max 23.

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Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 14 – Max 23.

Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 17 – Max 23.

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 16 – Max 23. 

ADELAIDE 

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Max 27.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 14 – Max 26.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 16 – Max 27.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 15 – Max 26.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 15 – Max 25.

PERTH 

Sunday: Sunny. Max 33.

Monday: Sunny. Min 22 – Max 36.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 20 – Max 33.

Wednesday: Sunny. Min 19 – Max 33.

Thursday: Sunny. Min 17 – Max 31. 

HOBART 

Sunday: Possible late shower. Max 21.

Monday: Cloudy. Min 10 – Max 17.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 7 – Max 21.

Wednesday: Possible shower. Min 11 – Max 20.

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 12 – Max 21.

 

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