BOM weather radar forecasts continuation of ‘oppressive’ heatwave across Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide
Extreme heat hit South Australia – including Adelaide – along with regional NSW and Victoria on Sunday, with temperatures in some regions climbing into the mid-40s.
In NSW, the mercury soared to 40C in Sydney’s west and 43.8C at Hay in the state’s western Riverina region.
There was little relief across affected areas into Monday morning, with forecast overnight minimums hovering in the high 20s and even pushing 30C at Mildura in Victoria’s northwest.
Adelaide and Melbourne were headed for forecast lows of 27C, with Sydney tipped to fare slightly better with 21C.
Victoria, Tasmania, and western and southern parts of NSW are likely see their hottest temperatures of the heatwave on Monday, while the mercury is due to peak on Tuesday for eastern NSW and Greater Sydney.
Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse said heat records were unlikely to tumble over the coming days.
Ms Woodhouse added that the heat – including overnight temperatures – was unlikely to subside in NSW until Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
On Australia Day on Tuesday, temperatures will rise to between 38C and 41C in western Sydney and hover around 32C in the city due to a sea breeze.
Canberra is also forecast to swelter, reaching the mid-30s before an evening shower.
A cool change is expected to move east across Victoria on Monday afternoon, rapidly dropping temperatures by 10 to 15C.
That change is expected to reach Hobart by midday but not before temperatures rise into the mid-30s across much of Tasmania’s east and south.
Total fire bans have been declared for six districts across Victoria and NSW’s Riverina southern, eastern and northern regions for Monday.
Monday’s weather forecast
Sydney – Mostly sunny. Min 21C, Max 32.
Melbourne – Very hot. Afternoon cool change. Min 27, Max 39.
Brisbane – Possible showers. Min 21, Max 30.
Adelaide – Humid with showers. Min 27, Max 32.
Perth – Partly cloudy. Min 16, Max 26.
Hobart – Hot with late rain. Min 20, Max 32.
Darwin – Rain with a possible storm. Min 26, Max 30.
Canberra – Sunny. Min 19, Max 37.