Sydney temperatures set to soar over weekend as NSW heatwave forecast

For Sydney, the mercury will nudge 30 degrees in the western suburbs on Friday

24/11/2020 1:21:00 PM

For Sydney, the mercury will nudge 30 degrees in the western suburbs on Friday

Heatwave conditions are tipped to reach 'severe' levels from Thursday in some inland regions as searing warmth sweeps in from the red centre.

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeMuch of inland south-eastern Australia will bake in the first big heatwave of the season, with temperatures in some places forecast to exceed November averages by as much as 15 degrees.Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Gabrielle Woodhouse said heatwave conditions would reach "severe" levels from Thursday in some inland regions as searing warmth sweeps in from the red centre.

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Spring will end with some severe heatwave conditions forecast to sweep eastwards.Credit:Andrew Miskelly, via Weatherzone"We tend to see heatwaves at this time of year [but] it is quite warm," Ms Woodhouse said, adding that in some areas, both minimums and maximums will reach 12-15 degrees above the long-run November averages.

For Sydney, the mercury will nudge 30 degrees in the western suburbs on Friday before heading into the low 40s on Saturday and Sunday. In the CBD itself, the tops will reach 33 and 36 degrees for Saturday and Sunday.AdvertisementWith the heat and some wind around, it's "not going to take much" to elevate the fire threat, Ms Woodhouse said. headtopics.com

Fire danger risks will reach "very high" for the north-west region on Friday, while the southern and northern Riverina will experience "severe" fire danger on Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.South-eastern Australia will see the first widespread heat of the season this weekend.

Credit:Bureau of MeteorologyThe bulk of the heat will move towards the north-east of the state by Monday, Ms Woodhouse said.Humid conditions may also make the warmth uncomfortable for many, particularly as overnight temperatures will stay high.Late spring heatwaves have become common for parts of northern NSW in particular, coming even during La Nina years such as this one when climate influences typically favour wetter-than-average conditions.

LoadingThe background warming of about 1.4 degrees since 1910 because of human-induced climate change has made breaking heat records more common over time.The La Nina set-up in the Pacific, in which rainfall patterns shift westwards towards the continent, remains in place, indicating December and much of summer should be wetter than normal, Ms Woodhouse said.

Odds favour daytime temperatures being near normal for the summer months for most of NSW, while overnight temperatures are likely to be warmer than usual right across the country,the Bureau's outlook shows.Get our Morning & Evening Edition newsletters headtopics.com

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So? Oh no, not 30 degrees! Yeah soaring to the high 20's, better sit in a freezer Thats nice dear Does that even need to be reported? So? Bushfires? A land of Drought and Flooding rains, written long before climate change was even thought of .