Its that time of year when the heatwaves reach a next level across Australia, and this one is no exception as some areas are set to have their January records (and possibly all-time records) challenged over the next few days! Above image OCF Forecast Temperatures for Sunday.

Luckily for the bulk population of Victoria, the heat is a one hit wonder with Saturday set to roast into the 40’s across the majority of the State. While this is nowhere near record breaking potential, its certainly by a country mile… the hottest day of the Summer so far. Maximums in the North West are forecast to climb into the mid 40’s, and those temperatures combined with low humidity and strong winds along a trough are likely to produce potentially dangerous fire conditions.

Forecast Maximums via OCF / BSCH for Saturday, January 6th

Forecast Maximums via OCF / BSCH for Saturday, January 6th

For NSW its a bit different, its hotter… for longer. Saturday the heat comes in, scorching Inland NSW with widespread maximums of 42-45ºc possibly even hotter. Closer to the Coast its expected to push 40ºc+ in Sydney’s West and the Inland Hunter, while Canberra bakes under 37ºc heat. Sunday goes to a next level with Inland NSW baking under similar conditions while Sydney City pushes 40ºc, Canberra 39ºc and Inland parts of Sydney and the Hunter reach the mid 40’s, challenging many long standing all-time records! The heat then lingers in the 40’s during Monday through West Sydney, Inland Hunter and Inland NSW… and further into Tuesday, before finally easing!

Forecast Maximums via OCF / BSCH for Monday, January 8th

Forecast Maximums via OCF / BSCH for Monday, January 8th

 

Yes it does get hot, very hot, this time of year.. but that doesn’t change the fact that these temperatures are dangerous and well above heatwave thresholds. They are up to 12-18ºc above average for some locations, thats ridiculously higher than normal for this time of year. This kind of heat, especially in populated areas can rapidly cause heat stress. The elderly, young children, infants, pregnant women and pets are all at a significant risk of heat-related illness over the next few days. Please look after them, yourselves… mostly by staying in the cool and drinking plenty of water!

BOM Heatwave Pilot valid for Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

BOM Heatwave Pilot valid for Saturday, Sunday, Monday.