South East Aust Hot n Cold, Windy & Possible Dust This Weekend

South East Aust Hot n Cold, Windy & Possible Dust This Weekend

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Issued 28/7/17. Well above average temperatures up to 31C, very strong winds up to 100 km/h, elevated fire dangers and possible dust storms will make for an unusual Winters day on Saturday across large parts of Southern Australia! Then on Sunday it will be the polar opposite… So a real mixed bag coming up this weekend! 

In South Australia on Saturday, Adelaide is heading for 21C which is 6C above average but have a look further inland… Renmark and Port Augusta 28C with Coober Pedy going for 31C which is up to 13C above average for July! These temperatures will drop by up to 12C on Sunday as the colder Westerlies return.
Victoria will also experience a very mild to warm Saturday with Melbourne’s 19C and Mildura’s 27C both well above average. Even Perisher on the Alps will reach positive 7c! Western NSW will experience very warm maximum temperatures of 28C.

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Above animation showing the above average temperatures shaded in red pushing East during the weekend. 

A notable impact will be the very strong to possibly gale forced North Westerly winds which will develop ahead of the trough on Saturday. All of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the Western half of NSW will have constant wind speeds of 40 to 60 km/h however wind gusts could reach as high as 85 km/h and even up to 100 km/h + on the mountains!
Dust storms or areas of raised dust are possible through inland South Australia, Western NSW and North West Victoria districts due to the strong winds. 
These winds combined with dry conditions and very warm temperatures will elevate bush fire dangers.

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The surface trough with cold Westerly wind change will push North East across coastal districts of South Australia by 12 noon on Saturday and run from the North West to South East parts of the state. The trough will continuing moving East across Victoria and Tasmania during Saturday night before pushing through the Southern half of NSW on Sunday. Temperatures Across South East Australia will drop by 5 to 10C on Sunday. 

Only light rainfall totals up to 10mm is forecast from this weekends system across Southern SA, Victoria and Southern NSW. Tasmania is forecast to pick up the best falls with 25 to 50mm in the West and North tending much lighter through the South East. 

A more significant rain producing low pressure system will cross SA, VIC & NSW on Wednesday and Thursday next week. Further forecast details will be issued for this. 

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