Temperatures are expected to push 50ºc in parts of South Australia on Saturday as EXTREME heat spreads across Northern and Eastern parts of the State whilst also filtering into the Eastern States further. This heat is expected to challenge both the Victoria and South Australia State November Records and the National November Record!
Hot and gusty North to North West winds are expected to impact large parts of Inland QLD, Inland NSW and Northern / Eastern SA during Saturday, as well as into North West and Northern VIC momentarily on Saturday ahead of a change. These winds are expected to amplify heating significantly across these aforementioned areas leading to a very large portion of South West QLD, Northern and Eastern SA, Inland NSW and North West VIC expected to push into the mid to high 40s during the day, as well as there being potentially some temperatures pushing 50ºc over Northern SA! Unlike Friday for South East WA which had the potential for 50ºc over an area which isn’t actively recorded – there is the chance that a number of stations including Moomba and Oodnadatta may experience this 50ºc rarity and if this was to occur (which is still a low chance overall as its a far higher chance of occurring in between these station in an unmanned area) then the National November record would not only be broken – but it would be the first time Australia has seen 50ºc recorded outside of the 3 Summer months.
OCF Forecast Maximums for South Australia and surrounds on Saturday via OCF / WeatherWatch
OCF Forecast Maximums for NSW, VIC, ACT for Saturday via OCF / WeatherWatch
Regardless of the statistical relevance of Saturday… there is also likely going to be elevated fire dangers across large parts of South Australia, Southern QLD, NSW and Northern VIC as very gusty winds (possibly exceeding 70km/h at times over some areas) mix with maximums into the mid to high 40s and single digit humidity percentages to create a very favourable environment for fires to not only develop but spread. The highest threat areas will be largely over desert terrain and in very low population areas. However there are still fires already occurring in South Australia that may be impacted by changing winds, as well as strong heating occurring over the Mount Lofty Ranges and very gusty winds over the North East VIC Alps.
Strong winds forecast to increase heat and fire dangers across SA, QLD, NSW, VIC during Saturday. Image viaWindy