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Australia weather: Rain bomb and a deadly heatwave about to strike

Australia is set to see in the New Year with more extreme weather, being hammered by tropical rains in the north and a three-day heatwave to the south which could spark bushfires and risk lives. 

Far North Queensland will see heavy rainfall into next week, while Brisbane and the Gold Coast will be wet and windy for New Year’s Eve, as much of Victoria and South Australia bake in scorching temperatures.

While it will be beach weather in Victoria, the Bureau of Meteorology warned people not to get carried away in the heat, even issuing a ‘heat health alert’ for Central Victoria and Melbourne.

‘Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster,’ the bureau said. 

While it will be beach weather in Victoria, the Bureau of Meteorology warned people to not get carried away in the heat

Australia is set to see in the New Year with more extreme weather, being hammered by tropical rains in the north and and a three-day heatwave to the south which could spark bushfires and risk lives

Australia is set to see in the New Year with more extreme weather, being hammered by tropical rains in the north and and a three-day heatwave to the south which could spark bushfires and risk lives

Victoria and South Australia also face a bushfire risk in some areas from lightning strikes.

Campers heading towards Gippsland are advised to stay up to date with bushfire news.

Melbourne and Adelaide will both reach a scorching 38 degrees on a hot and sunny New Year’s Eve, and hit 36-37 degrees again on Saturday.

Melbourne will cool slightly on Saturday afternoon, then drop to 21 by Monday, while Adelaide will stay in the 30s all weekend.

On Saturday ‘dry thunderstorms’ will develop in Victoria’s east, creating a potential bushfire threat.

‘We’ll see some dry lightning over the east of state, across Gippsland and the north east of Victoria, which can spark up fires,’ said Jonathan How from the Bureau of Meteorology.

‘So if you’re heading out camping, keep in touch with information from the Country Fire Authority (CFA),’ he added.

The weather office has warned of a risk of dry thunderstorms which could bring lightning strikes in Victoria's east and South Australia's lower south-east - and a risk of bushfires

The weather office has warned of a risk of dry thunderstorms which could bring lightning strikes in Victoria’s east and South Australia’s lower south-east – and a risk of bushfires

Mr How said the tropical storm which has drenched Far North Queensland will ease as it moves offshore – but it is likely to mean a wet and windy New Year’s Eve for Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Sydney is set for a spell of warm fine weather, reaching 29 on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, then 30 on Sunday and Monday.

‘It will be showery and windy along the beach along the Gold Coast and at Brisbane, so you might need to tie down your umbrella if you’re out in it.’

There’s a good chance of showers into next week in south-east Queensland and ‘dangerous surf conditions’.

Cape York was drenched this week but the weather warnings for the far north have been cancelled

Cape York was drenched this week but the weather warnings for the far north have been cancelled

The Daintree rainforest in Queensland copped 135mm of rain in 24 hours

The Daintree rainforest in Queensland copped 135mm of rain in 24 hours 

‘So follow all advice from surf lifesaving Queensland.’

Mr How said Brisbane and the Gold Coast were unlikely to see a return to beach weather until mid-to-late next week. 

The wettest place in Queensland was Kowanyama, on the Cape York Peninsula, which was smashed with 386mm of rain since Tuesday. 

The heaviest rain was north of Townsville, around the Daintree and up to Port Douglas. All of Cape York Pensinula has seen heavy rain, he said.

The heaviest rain was north of Townsville, around the Daintree and up to Port Douglas. All of Cape York Pensinula has seen heavy rain for several days

The heaviest rain was north of Townsville, around the Daintree and up to Port Douglas. All of Cape York Pensinula has seen heavy rain for several days

A weather office radar image shows the storm off the coast of Cape York, Queensland, which has brought heavy rain to the area

A weather office radar image shows the storm off the coast of Cape York, Queensland, which has brought heavy rain to the area

In the past 24 hours Port Douglas copped 143mm, while south Mission Beach near Cairns copped 147mm.

The Daintree rainforest was hit with 135mm of rain in the last day. 

The wet weather in the far north will continue but Mr How said tropical storm warnings had been cancelled as the storm moved offshore.

Its impact on the mainland will be dangerous surf and high winds along the coast.

Friday will see gale force winds from Cairns to Mackay and strong winds down to Fraser Island.

Inland temperatures will begin to soar. Birdsville is forecasts to reach 46 degrees on Monday. 

Mr How says inland Victoria will cop the worst of the three-day heatwave to the south.

The low off Queensland will bring big surf, rain and high winds to the coast

The low off Queensland will bring big surf, rain and high winds to the coast

A map showing rainfall across Australia's east coast over the next few days

A map showing rainfall across Australia’s east coast over the next few days 

Inland, towns such as Mildura, Malee, Echuca and Swan Hill are likely to crack 40 degrees on Friday. ‘And they will stay that hot into Sunday,’ he said.

‘Victoria will see quite a few warm nights low to severe heatwave conditions developing across Victoria.’

In the west, Mr How says Perth could reach temperatures in the high 30s and even 40 degrees on Monday ad Tuesday.

THE FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

 CANBERRA

Thursday: Sunny. Max 29. 

Friday: Sunny. Min 13 – Max 31 

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 13 – Max 31.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 14 – Max 33.

Monday: Possible shower. Min 16 – Max 32. 

SYDNEY

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Max 27. 

Friday: Sunny. Min 18 – Max 29

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 20 – Max 29.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 30.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 30.

DARWIN

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Max 33

Friday: Possible shower. Min 26 – Max 33. 

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 26 – Max 34.

Sunday: Possible shower. Min 26 – Max 34.

Monday: Possible shower. Min 27 – Max 34.

BRISBANE

Thursday: Possible shower. Max 27

Friday: Shower or two. Min 20 – Max 28.

Saturday: Showers. Min 21 – Max 28.

Sunday: Shower or two. Min 20 – Max 30.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 20 – Max 31.

 

 

 

 MELBOURNE

Thursday: Sunny . Max 33. 

Friday: Hot and sunny. Min 19 – Max 38.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 23 – Max 36.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 20 – Max 29.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 16 – Max 21.

 ADELAIDE

Thursday: Sunny. Max 36. 

Friday: Hot and sunny. Min 21 – Max 38. 

Saturday: Partly cloudy, Min 22 – Max 37. 

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 31.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 14 – Max 25.

PERTH 

Thursday: Sunny. Max 31.

Friday: Sunny. Min 19 – Max 31.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 17 – Max 29.

Sunday: Sunny. Min 17 – Max 33.

Monday: Hot and sunny. Min 20 – Max 38.

 HOBART

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Max 25.

Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 13 – Max 29.

Saturday: Becoming cloudy. Min 16 – Max 28.

Sunday: Showers. Min 17 – Max 21.

Monday: Cloudy. Min 13 – Max 20.

 

 

 

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