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20 02, 2017

Alfred named in the Gulf!

Tropical Cyclone Alfred has become the second Cyclone named this season and the first for the general Queensland region (being the Gulf of Carpentaria). Above image – Rainbow Satellite of Alfred via NOAA

Over the past week, Alfred has been struggling to intensify to cyclone status as he has heavily interacted with both the NT and QLD Gulf Coastlines. While Alfred showed promising signs back on Friday of becoming a Cyclone prior to its first landfall in the Gulf, this didn’t quite eventuate and he then spent the next 36hrs over land before re-entering the Gulf of Sunday morning where he has slowly moved away from land for long enough to intensify enough to reach Cyclone status.

Over the last 72hrs, the system has delivered some impressive rainfall across the Gulf with 3-day totals of more than 500mm being observed at Sweers Island and 300mm+ widespread. Winds at Centre Island have been nearing 100km/h, which is where the core of Alfred now lies.

 

 

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Over the next 24-36hrs, Alfred is expected to maintain Cyclone status as a Category 1 system. During this time he’s expected to loop around the South-Western Gulf and make a run for the Coastline again, however due to the overall weak nature of the system, any land interaction will kill him off quickly and its not expected that Alfred will cross the Coastline as a Cyclone but more of a strong Tropical Low.

 

BOM Forecast Track Map of Alfred

BOM Forecast Track Map of Alfred

 

 

Regardless of his official crossing status, heavy rain, squally to damaging winds and rough seas are likely to accompany him with further significant falls of 200-400mm+ likely over the Southern Gulf including areas such as Sweers Island, Mornington Island, Burketown, Centre Island and Borroloola. Falls of nearly 1000mm (around Sweers Island) are possible by the time this system moves off into the Northern Territory, while bands of heavy rain and storms associated with Alfred are likely to continue sweeping the Peninsula of QLD.

 

Forecast 5 day rainfall via Tropicaltidbits

Forecast 5 day rainfall via Tropicaltidbits

 

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10 02, 2017

Hell on Earth Temperatures set to sizzle QLD

The next 3 days across South-East, Southern Inland and Central parts of QLD as well as Northern Inland and North-East NSW are forecast to sizzle with records being smashed across the region. Above image: Maximums for Sunday via OCF/BSCH

The severe heatwave which has been responsible for many records being smashed across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales in the past 3 days is expected to drift more into Southern QLD and the Northern half of NSW over the next 3 days. The surface trough blocking any cool change at the moment is likely to lie over the NSW Central Coast and along the NSW Northern Ranges while very warm North-East winds feed into the Coastal side of it, combining with very hot Westerlies and a hot airmass overhead. This is likely to produce sizzling temperatures on Saturday, which are only going to climb to likely break records on Sunday as the trough moves closer to the Coast. On Monday, a cool change is forecast to move through Northern Coastal NSW early bringing a much cooler day, while a very warm and muggy start for SEQ should be halted in the early afternoon by the change.

 

 

Many records are likely to be broken this weekend, some of these include
•Brisbane 36 / 39 / 34 
• Beaudesert 40 / 43 / 34 (Record: Feb 38.9ºc, All-Time 43.1ºc
• Birdsville 46 / 47 / 38
• Cunnamulla 45 / 46 / 36
• Gatton 42 / 43 / 37 (Record: Feb 41.9ºc)
• Ipswich 40 / 43 / 34 (Record: Feb 40.6ºc)
• Nambour 36 / 40 / 32 (Record: Feb 40.5ºc)
• Nerang 37 / 40 / 34
• Oakey 42 / 42 / 38 (Record: Feb 39.5ºc)
• Bourke 47 / 47 / 36 
• Casino 42 / 44 / 38 (Record: Feb 42.1ºc, All-Time 44.1ºc)
• Lismore 38 / 41 / 32 (Record: Feb 40.9ºc)
• Grafton 41 / 44 / 31 (Record Feb 41.3ºc, All-Time 44.6ºc)
• Moree 44 / 45 / 40 (Extend the 35ºc streak to 49 straight days)
• Narrabri 44 / 45 / 38 (Record – Feb/All-Time 45.4ºc)

Note: Sunday is potentially going to be Brisbane’s hottest day in 9 years!

 

 

OCF Forecast Maximums for Southern QLD / Northern NSW (Saturday February 11th)

OCF Forecast Maximums for Southern QLD / Northern NSW (Saturday February 11th)

OCF Forecast Maximums for Southern QLD / Northern NSW (Monday February 13th)

OCF Forecast Maximums for Southern QLD / Northern NSW (Monday February 13th)

Thankfully there is some cooler weather on the way in the form of showers, some rain areas and thunderstorms. The warmth is expected to return mid week to those in NENSW and SEQ however it should be much more bearable, while Northern NSW and South-West/Southern QLD who have seen endless heat now since before Christmas are expected to finally drop out of the 40’s!

Did you know, excessive heat or “heatwaves” are responsible for more weather related hospitalisations in Australia than all other weather phenomenon combined? Thats why its important to look after the elderly, look after your pets and animals, look after young children and look after pregnant woman. These 4 categories of living beings are the most at risk for heat related illness or injury. Drink plenty of water and avoid outdoor activities.

 

 

9 02, 2017

Record February Temperatures to smash NSW & ACT

NSW and the ACT are about to experience the hottest run of February heat seen in many decades. The heat that is about to engulf the region is LIKELY to not only break, but smash records by potentially several degrees. Above image Saturday maximums via OCF/BSCH

A surface trough is forecast to become established along the NSW Southern and Central Coast’s during Friday before lying over the entire Coastline during Saturday and Sunday. This trough is likely to combine with a seperate trough over Southern Inland districts of NSW and very warm to hot airmass overhead to produce stifling temperatures where numerous locations (potentially half the State) could experience 44ºc+ over the next 3 days. This kind of heat IS abnormal and will likely result in total fire bans, increased fire danger ratings and a a significant increase in heat stress ratings. The kinds of temperatures which are forecast are expected to be in the realms of 10-17ºc above average!! Saturday is forecast to be the worst day across the State with virtually all inland regions seeing at least 43ºc, while numerous locations are likely to exceed 45ºc and break records.

 

 

BOM Heatwave Pilot for Friday, Saturday, Sunday

BOM Heatwave Pilot for Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Over the next 3 days here are SOME of the temperatures and likely candidates for breaking records.

• Canberra 41 / 41 / 34 (Feb Record 38.8ºc)
• Sydney 38 / 39 / 30

• Bathurst 40 / 42 / 38 (All-Time Record 40.7ºc)
• Casino 35 / 42 / 43 (Feb Record 42.5ºc)
• Cessnock 44 / 46 / 44 (All-Time Record 45.0ºc)
• Gosford 40 / 39 / 38
• Hay 47 / 46 / 28 (Feb Record 47.2ºc)
• Ivanhoe 45 / 47 / 47
• Menindee 46 / 47 / 32 (Feb Record 47.2ºc)
• Moree 40 / 43 / 43
• Penrith 44 / 45 / 41 (Feb Record 45.0ºc)
• Richmond 44 / 44 / 42 (Feb Record 43.7ºc)
• Scone 42 / 45 / 43 (All-Time Record 44.2ºc)
• Tamworth 40 / 42 / 42 (Feb Record 42.0ºc)
• Wanaaring 44 / 47 / 46 (Feb Record 46.9ºc)
• White Cliffs 45 / 46 / 47 (Feb Record 46.9ºc)
• Wilcannia 45 / 46 / 48 (Feb Record 47.1ºc)

For places out in Western NSW and North-West NSW these temperatures will be the peak of what has been a month long heatwave, with the hottest temperatures experienced during the last month likely to come during this weekend. These same places are on the brink of breaking records as well for number of days in a month above 40ºc and the number of days in a Summer above 35, 40 and 45ºc. 

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for NSW/VIC on Friday, February 10th

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for NSW/VIC on Friday, February 10th

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for NSW/VIC on Sunday, February 12th

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for NSW/VIC on Sunday, February 12th

As seen by some of the temperatures above, a significantly cooler day is expected on Monday for the Southern half of the State as the trough moves towards the North. This should then move through the Northern half of the State late on Monday bringing a much cooler day on Tuesday. A special mention should go to Moree who is forecast for 34ºc on Tuesday.. this will break a streak of 49 consecutive days above 35ºc which is almost double the previous State Record.

This is another reminder too to look after the elderly, young children, pregnant woman, those who are unwell and pets/animals. All of these are the most susceptible to heatstroke and heat stress related illnesses during periods of excessive heat.

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7 02, 2017

Welcome to hell on Earth in Australia

The strongest heatwave for 2016/17 is about to sweep South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland bringing extremely hot conditions with increased bushfire and heat stress risks. Above image – Maximums via OCF/BSCH for Saturday, February 11th.

Over the next 4 to 5 days, a low pressure trough is forecast to move slowly though South Australia and VIC before drifting North through New South Wales and Queensland. This trough is forecast to combine with a ridiculously hot airmass overhead and dry in very dry and hot conditions ahead of it to produce widespread severe to extreme heatwave conditions.

BOM Heatwave Pilot for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

BOM Heatwave Pilot for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

 

5 capital cities are forecast to be in the firing line with the following temperatures over the next 4 to 5 days.
• Adelaide 41 / 41 / 39 / 37
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Melbourne 34 / 37 / 27 / 28
• Canberra 26 / 35 / 40 / 41 / 35
• Sydney 26 / 29 / 35 / 39 / 36
• Brisbane 31 / 31 / 32 / 35 / 37

While most people will be feeling the above temperatures given the population density in cities. Spare a though for those in Western NSW, Eastern SA, North-West VIC and Southern/South-West QLD. Maximums, which for an extensive period of time have been in the mid 40’s, are about to get even hotter. Here are some of the following temps.

• Mildura (VIC) 40 / 44 / 44 / 42
• Moomba (SA) 46 / 46 / 45 / 46
• Birdsville (QLD) 46 / 46 / 45 / 45
• Port Augusta (SA) 45 / 45 / 44 / 45
• St George (QLD) 39 / 39 / 40 / 43 / 45
• Ivanhoe (NSW) 42 / 43 / 45 / 47
• Wilcannia (NSW) 45 / 44 / 46 / 47
• Penrith (NSW) 27 / 34 / 43 / 43 / 40

Some locations are expected to at least challenge February records, some of these could be long standing. The addition of Summer records is also possible given many locations in NSW are closing in on records for the number of days above 35ºc and 40ºc. The heat is forecast to continue over Northern NSW and Southern QLD beyond these 5 days, however there will be a seperate blog for that.

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for Wednesday, February 8th

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for Wednesday, February 8th

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for Thursday, February 9th

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for Thursday, February 9th

There is a heightened bushfire risk, the temperatures alone over such a large area pose a significant risk, however these temperatures are occurring over extensively dry regions and should occur with very low humidity. Total fire bans are expected and should be respected. 

This is also another reminder that with upwards of 15 million people being impacted by this heat, avoid strenuous activity during the day.. the body will struggle to breath with increased sweat and lead to an increased risk of heatstroke. Drink plenty of water, dehydration is a major factor in heatstroke and heat related illness. Look after young children, the elderly, pregnant woman, those who are currently sick as well as pets and animals – all of these have an increased risk of heat stress. 

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for Friday, February 10th

Forecast Maximums via OCF/BSCH for Friday, February 10th

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6 02, 2017

Another week of HOT & DRY for the Southern half of QLD

Hot, dry.. hot, dry… hot, dry. Its becoming a familiar forecast for those across the Southern half of Queensland. The only exception to this, is when hot has become really hot. Well guess, what, theres another week of it and if anything its looking worse. Above image via BSCH/OCF – Maximums for Saturday, February 11th

Lets get the “hope” out of the way first. During Tuesday and Wednesday, there is the CHANCE, and thats the definitive word… CHANCE, of some cooler temperatures than what we’ve seen along with MAYBE the odd storm or shower across areas East of Charleville/Longreach and South of Mackay. This is being brought on by an upper level trough which is increasing instability. Realistically, the showers are expected to produce less than a few mm, the moisture increase will only ramp up humidity and the storms should be isolated and brief at best. By cooler temperatures, we still mean 1-2ºc above average… just cooler than what we’ve been having, but the humidity might sort that out and make it feel just as hot.

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Now to the bad news… areas South of a line stretching from Mount Isa to Townsville, which includes Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Darling Downs, Ipswich, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gympie etc. Temperatures are expected to be well above average for another week with next to no rainfall likely. The only hope for rain is stated ^^^ above.

OCF Forecast Maximums for Tuesday (February 7th) via BSCH

OCF Forecast Maximums for Tuesday (February 7th) via BSCH

 

In fact, the South-East quarter of the State could be on the brink of another extreme heatwave, with early indicators showing maximums into the low 40’s across inland parts of SEQ, Wide Bay, Capricornia and much of the Darling Downs over the weekend. Temperatures of 5ºc+ for 3 days straight are required for heatwave status, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are expected to be as much as 6-10ºc above average for SEQ. 

OCF Forecast Maximums for Thursday (February 9th) via BSCH

OCF Forecast Maximums for Thursday (February 9th) via BSCH

 

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4 02, 2017

Endless heat challenging NSW records

A record breaking heat stretch for Northern Inland and North-West NSW is forecast to continue well into February as another wave of stifling heat is forecast to move through. Above image – Forecast maximums for Saturday, February 11th via OCF/BSCH

Much of the Northern half of NSW baked during January with excessive continuous heat and prolonged dry periods. This lead to Bourke recording 16 days or more (4 days during a hot spell were unrecorded) above 40ºc compared to their January average from 121 years of records of 8. Penrith, West of Sydney, saw 7 days above 40ºc including 3 above 43ºc… this is compared to their average of 2. Cessnock in the Hunter saw 7 days above 40ºc compared to their average of less than 1 while Moree has now notched up 36 consecutive days above 35ºc which is obliterating the State record.

 

 

So whats to come?? over the next 7 days, this heat is going to remain firmly in place with Northern and North-West NSW seeing consistent daytime maximums above 40ºc with many locations seeing maximums into the mid 40’s. This will combine with overnight minimums struggling to drop below 30ºc to continue what has been oppressive and relentless heat. Towards the end of next week, another very strong burst of heat looks set to move through with maximums expected to reach the high 40’s for some locations and POSSIBLY challenge some records. Long standing streaks are also expected to be extended (in the case of Moree) and challenged in the case of places like Bourke and Walgett.

OCF Forecast Maximums via BSCH for Monday, February 6th

OCF Forecast Maximums via BSCH for Monday, February 6th

OCF Forecast Maximums via BSCH for Friday, February 10th

OCF Forecast Maximums via BSCH for Friday, February 10th

By this time next week, Bourke will have seen 14 straight days above 40ºc (next 7 days above 42ºc). Moree will be up to 46 straight days above 35ºc which will be almost doubling the previous State record (next 7 days forecast for 39ºc+). Areas such as Ivanhoe and Pooncarie in the South-West are forecast for 48ºc maximums. Even places like Dubbo may have recorded their 11th 40ºc this Summer already, compared to the 3 month average of 2. All of this comes with next to no rain forecast for the Northern half of the State (apart from the Northern Tablelands who may see some isoalted storms).

 

NSW 7 day rainfall via Tropicaltidbits. Green areas indicate less than 15mm, light green less than 2mm.

NSW 7 day rainfall via Tropicaltidbits. Green areas indicate less than 15mm, light green less than 2mm.

 

 

3 02, 2017

Prolonged Heat to continue for QLD – no rain in sight.

The stifling conditions across the entire Southern half of QLD and Northern half of NSW are likely to continue this next week which could potentially challenge some very long standing temperature streaks/records.

A hot air mass is forecast to remain over the entirety of QLD for the next week, this hot airmass is likely to combine with dry winds across the entire Southern half of the State to continue producing well above average temperatures. Some of these maximums have the potential to be as much as 7-12ºc above the February average leading to the continuation of extreme heating + abnormally very dry conditions for this time of year.

 

Across South-East QLD, the Wide Bay and Capricornia – temperatures are likely to reach the mid to high 30’s every day. While these temperatures are unlikely to match those of inland districts, they will still be 3-6ºc above average for February and there will be the addition of humidity which will make it feel considerably hotter to the human body. 

Across Southern and Central Inland QLD + much of Western and especially in the South-West. Temperatures are likely to continue hitting the 40ºc which for all locations is above average already. In the Far South-West, areas like Thargomindah, Birdsville, Ballera, Windorah and Boulia to name a few are likely to see maximums on some days in the mid to high 40’s with Birdsville in particular likely to break their February record of 45.9ºc at some stage this week. Next to no rainfall is forecast for the entire region and this will mean nights don’t cool down at all adding to the discomfort of the ‘heatwave’.

OCF Forecast Maximums for Saturday (Feb 4th) via BSCH

OCF Forecast Maximums for Saturday (Feb 4th) via BSCH

OCF Forecast Maximums for Monday (February 6th) via BSCH

OCF Forecast Maximums for Monday (February 6th) via BSCH

This is another chance to remind people to look after the elderly, pregnant woman, children, those who are currently sick and pets/animals. These are all at a heightened risk of heat stress or heat related illness. Try and avoid outdoor activities during peak heating times and weak light clothes while drinking plenty of WATER.

Pivotal Weather forecast 7 day rainfall, red circle showing area of no rain.

Pivotal Weather forecast 7 day rainfall, red circle showing area of no rain.

 

 

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30 01, 2017

Relentless Heat to scorch NW NSW

North-West and Northern NSW are about to endure a ridiculous run of heat which hasn’t been seen across the region since at least 2013. Maximums over the past 2 days have been in the low 40’s (sitting at 5ºc+ above average and above heatwave thresholds) but its only expected to get hotter and for longer. Above image maximums for Monday (Feb 6th) via OCF/BSCH

 

 

A heat trough is forecast to sit across North-West and Central Inland regions over Monday before shifting to cover North-West and Northern Inland regions until Thursday. During Thursday the trough is expected to move into Southern Queensland and this will allow for temperatures to subside briefly (but still remain hot and above heatwave thresholds). During Friday and into the weekend, the trough is expected to get a hot Northerly push which will allow it to move South each day until on Sunday its covering the Southern districts of NSW. Throughout this whole time, Northern and especially North-West NSW are forecast to be under the pump from unrelenting heat.

OCF Forecast Maximums (Monday, January 30th)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Monday, January 30th)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Tuesday, January 31st)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Tuesday, January 31st)

Some 7 day town forecasts:

Bourke 45, 45, 44, 44, 45, 46, 45 (42ºc is heatwave threshold for Bourke)

Wanaaring 44, 45, 43, 43, 44, 46, 45 (41ºc is heatwave threshold)

Wilcannia 46, 41, 42, 35, 39, 44, 46, 45 (42ºc is heatwave threshold)

Tibooburra 44, 44, 41, 41, 44, 45, 45 (42ºc is heatwave threshold)

The movement of the trough on Thursday could be critical as to how intense this heatwave really is. Some of the more Southern towns in those Northern districts (such as Wilcannia) are expected to see some brief relief which will halt any heat streaks, where as other places like Bourke and Tibooburra don’t really see a break.

 

 

OCF Forecast Maximums (Wednesday, February 1st)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Wednesday, February 1st)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Thursday, February 2nd)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Thursday, February 2nd)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Friday, February 3rd)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Friday, February 3rd)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Saturday, February 4th)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Saturday, February 4th)

Towards the end of the current period (next weekend), there is the chance of some thunderstorms which could bring temporary relief with overnight temperatures dropping back into the mid 20’s post-storms, thats for towns who actually receive a storm, otherwise hot nights are expected too.

 

OCF Forecast Maximums (Sunday, February 5th)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Sunday, February 5th)

 

 

29 01, 2017

South-West QLD about to bake!

Over the next week, South-West QLD is forecast to endure its most relentless run of heat since 2014 as constant temperatures into the mid 40’s are forecast. Above image – Saturday maximums via OCF/BSCH

A heat trough is forecast to stall across North-East SA and North-West NSW producing high levels of heat around it from Monday until at least next Monday (February 6th) and possibly beyond. The entire area of South-West QLD is forecast to feel the full effects of this trough as temperatures climb into the mid 40’s every single day…. the last time the entire area felt something like this was January 2014 when numerous towns recorded 4-5 straight days of 45ºc+.

 

 

OCF Forecast Maximums (Monday, January 30th)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Monday, January 30th)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Tuesday, January 31st)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Tuesday, January 31st)

In retrospective, this is only being rated as a low intensity to possibly severe heatwave, due to conditions recently being very hot and due to the thresholds for heatwave criteria only just being met. However the relentless of the event is key here with 7 days of 44ºc+ over a large area and nights failing to drop below 30ºc.

OCF Forecast Maximums (Wednesday, February 1st)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Wednesday, February 1st)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Thursday, February 2nd)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Thursday, February 2nd)

Some rough town forecasts over the next 8 days include:

Birdsville 45, 45, 45, 43, 44, 46, 46, 45 (most nights above 31ºc)

Ballera 45, 45, 45, 45, 45, 46, 46, 45 (every night above 29ºc)

Bedourie 44, 43, 42, 42, 42, 46, 46, 43

Thargomindah 43, 44, 44, 45, 45, 44, 45, 47 (every night above 30ºc, some above 32ºc)

Cunnamulla 41, 42, 43, 44, 44, 43, 44, 45

As a comparison, the above mentioned towns will have recorded more days above 43ºc in this stretch (not including further heat beyond the forecast period) than January 2015 and 2016 combined.

 

 

OCF Forecast Maximums (Friday, February 3rd)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Friday, February 3rd)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Sunday, February 5th)

OCF Forecast Maximums (Sunday, February 5th)

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17 01, 2017

NSW furnace to be turned up again

NSW is about to experience yet another blast of furnace-like heat as temperatures climb into the mid 40’s again. Once again, places like Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle won’t miss out either.

First thing’s first.. this isn’t technically a heatwave. The criteria for a heatwave is 3 consecutive days of 5ºc or more above average. While the temperature criteria is matched, the length of this is really only a day maybe 2 for some locations. NOT 3… Now that is settled..

 

TUESDAY: A surface trough is forecast to lie through South Australia and extend into VIC but in a much weaker and more washed out phase. This will combine with another weak trough over Southern and Central Inland NSW. The combination of these will direct hot North-West winds into Inland parts of NSW which will combine with a hot air mass overhead to produce vile temperatures.

Maximums are expected to reach the mid 40’s across Western and South-Western NSW with places like Wilcannia, Ivanhoe, Menindee, Pooncarie all forecast to hit at least 45ºc if not higher. This heat is forecast to spread through all of Inland NSW and Northern VIC with the capitals not missing out either due to a Coastal trough hugging the VIC and NSW Coast’s. Melbourne is heading for 38, Sydney 35 (western suburbs up to 41) and Canberra 38.

Forecast Maximums for NSW/VIC on Tusday January 17th via BSCH/OCF

Forecast Maximums for NSW/VIC on Tusday January 17th via BSCH/OCF

 

WEDNESDAY: The Coastal trough is forecast to remain firmly in place along the NSW Coast, and after a potential record breaking night for some locations as temperatures fail to drop even into the mid 20’s… it should be a very fast start as maximums climb towards the mid 30’s in Sydney and high 30’s / low 40’s in the West before midday. The same is likely over Newcastle/Hunter. Thats before a strong cool change is expected to arrive in the late afternoon, dropping the temp considerably. This cool change should already be active over Southern NSW / VIC, with maximums reaching the low 40’s across Northern Inland NSW.

Forecast Maximums for NSW/VIC on Wednesday January 18th via BSCH/OCF

Forecast Maximums for NSW/VIC on Wednesday January 18th via BSCH/OCF

 

This is again, another reminder to be smart under these conditions. Heat stress is the leading cause of weather related illness in Australia with potentially hundreds of call outs on days like these. Slip slop slap, keep hydrated, check on those around you including the elderly, young, pregnant, sick and pets/animals and try to avoid strenuous activity during peak heating.

 

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