Parts of Australia’s east and west coasts are set to swelter, with temperatures exceeding 40C in some parts of NSW.
Scorching temperature have already hit regional areas of NSW, with White Cliffs expected to top 40C again on Thursday before cooling down into the low 30s for the next few days.
The Bureau of Meteorology said a mass of hot air was sweeping across NSW that would trigger the state’s first heatwave of the summer, which has been relatively cooler and wetter than last year due to La Nina, meaning there’s been less bushfire activity.
But there are still concerns, with hot, dry and windy conditions prompting a total fire ban in the Southern Riverina on Wednesday.
The warning was removed on Thursday, but a “very high” fire risk remains in several regions, including the Southern Ranges and Eastern Riverina.
NSW residents are not the only ones sweating through the heat.
In Western Australia, Port Hedland is experiencing temperatures above 40C.
Here’s a rundown on the weather across the nation:
Regional NSW will swelter through another day of soaring temperatures, particularly in the Upper Western catchment.
Bourke has a top temperature of 41C, with Tibooburra (40C) and Brewarrina (40C) also heating up.
A maximum of 30C is forecast for Sydney, and a high of 34 is expected in Canberra.
There are weather warnings in place, including a strong wind warning for the Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden coasts.
A thunderstorm is also expected to sweep through and could bring large hailstones and damaging winds with it.
In Western Australia a staggering 47C is expected in Telfer, in the Pilbara region, on Thursday.
Pannawonica, Paraburdoo and Marble Bar could reach 46C.
“Very hot. Moderate to fresh and gusty easterly winds are forecast through the inland Gascoyne. A fresh and gusty south-westerly sea breeze is forecast for the Central West, coastal Gascoyne and the western Pilbara during the afternoon and evening,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Extreme fire danger is forecast for the Gascoyne Coast and a severe fire danger warning is in place for the West Pilbara Coast, Ashburton Inland, Exmouth Gulf Coast, Gascoyne Inland, South Interior and Coastal Central West-North.
Perth residents can expect sunny conditions and a top temperature of 35C.
The coming days will be much cooler for Victorians, with much of the state lingering in the 20s – including a top of 22C in Melbourne.
The hottest place to be in the state on Thursday will be Corryong with a top of 34C.
Rain will fall on Friday with up to 5mm in Melbourne.
Similar weather conditions can be expected for most of South Australia, including Adelaide, which has a top of 23C.
But scorching temperatures are expected in the state’s north with Moomba and Oodnadatta both hitting 42C.
There are still flood warnings in place for Queensland’s north, including:
- Major flood warning for the Murray River and minor flood warning for the Tully River
- Minor flood warning for the Belyando and Suttor rivers
- Minor flood warning for the Georgina River and Eyre Creek
- Minor flood warning for the Herbert River
- Minor flood warning for the Isaac River
- Minor flood warning for the lower Norman River
- Minor flood warning for the lower Paroo River (QLD)
- Minor flood warning for the Moonie River
- Minor food warning for the Thomson River
- Flood warning for the Diamantina River
- Final flood watch for the North Tropical Coast between Innisfail and Ingham
Brisbane will be mostly sunny with a top of 31C. Scattered thunderstorms could deliver 5mm of rain in the capital on Saturday.
The hottest place in Tasmania will be Cressy (25C). Showers are developing across the east and southeast parts of the state.
Up to 10mm of rain is expected to fall.
Storms are forecast for Darwin, while temperatures will linger in the low 40s for Alice Springs.