Millions of Australians are set for a scorching start to the new year as a heatwave is expected to hit the country’s south east, while the far north endures a rain bomb.
The heatwave plaguing Western Australia will move across the country’s southeast, easing slightly to bring days of hot weather and sunshine – but prompting fire danger warnings for the New Year weekend.
Sweltering conditions will hit South Australia, Victoria and parts of Tasmania, as residents in WA are provided with much need relief from the extreme heat.
Sweltering conditions will hit South Australia, Victoria and parts of Tasmania over the New Year’s weekend (pictured, beachgoers enjoy the hot weather at St Kilda in Melbourne)
Melbourne is expected to kick the New Year off with a heatwave which will bring high of 38C from Thursday through to Monday (pictured, Melburnians hit St Kilda Beach in November)
‘The record-breaking heatwave which hit Perth is making its way east,’ Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jonathon How told Today.
‘We’re not expecting temperatures into the mid-40s, but it will get quite hot.’
Melburnians can expect highs of 38C with the severe heatwave conditions predicted to sweep the state from Thursday to Saturday and through to Monday.
The extreme conditions has prompted Victoria’s Department of Health to issue a heat health alert for the Central District of Victoria for New Year’s Eve.
Authorities have also warned residents living and travelling to regional Victoria to remain on high alert for high fire danger levels in place across the state.
‘A wet winter and spring is now behind us, and December has been very dry in large parts of Victoria,’ said Country Fire Authority Chief Officer Jason Heffernan.
Sydney will miss out on the brunt of the heatwave but will enjoy a warm New Year’s weekend (pictured, crowds flock to Bondi on Christmas Day to soak up the sun)
‘On hot, dry and windy days like the ones we are expecting this weekend, anyone in regional areas of Victoria, and even on the metropolitan fringe, needs to stay alert to conditions, make sure they have downloaded the VicEmergency app and stay informed.
‘For anyone planning to travel this weekend, it’s really important to make sure you know which fire weather district you will be in and travel through.
Residents in Adelaide will continue to enjoy the sun with a max temperature of a whopping 38C on Friday which will continue into the weekend.
Australia faces several days of vastly contrasting weather from a searing heatwave in Victoria and South Australia to tropical rain in Far North Queensland
Brisbane and the Gold Coast will see a windy and wet start to the new year as tropical rains drench far north Queensland (pictured, residents in Brisbane brave the rain)
Hazardous fire conditions are predicted for the New Year weekend with a total fire ban in place for the Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Murraylands and the Upper and Lower South East.
Canberra is expected to end the year on a sunny note with temperatures set to hit the 30s on Friday and linger throughout the weekend.
Sydney will miss out on the brunt of the heatwave, and is set for a spell of clear skies and warm nights reaching 29C on Friday and Saturday, then 30C on Sunday and Monday.
Mr How said with the onset of warmer nights kicking off the New Year, people still needed to be prepared.
‘It is summer and these conditions aren’t unusual, but given it was a cool start to summer, these conditions could be quite uncomfortable, especially at night,’ he said.
‘People need to stay hydrated, put on the sunscreen and stay out of the sun if you can.’
Brisbane and the Gold Coast are predicted to see more showers into 2022 (pictured, residents try to stay dry during saturating rain in Brisbane)
While the south-east swelters tropical rains will continue to lash North Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Residents in Brisbane and the Gold Coast can expect a wet and windy start to the New Year as a low pressure system rings in heavy rain over the weekend.
However Mr How said the tropical storm which has drenched Far North Queensland will ease as it moves offshore.
‘It will be showery and windy along the beach along the Gold Coast and at Brisbane, so you might need to tie down your umbrella if you’re out in it.’
There’s a good chance of showers into next week in south-east Queensland and ‘dangerous surf conditions’.
Mr How added Brisbane and the Gold Coast were unlikely to see a return to beach weather until mid-to-late next week.
THE FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
Friday: Sunny. Min 13 – Max 31
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 13 – Max 31.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 14 – Max 33.
Monday: Possible shower. Min 16 – Max 32.
Tuesday: Cloudy. Min 15 – Max 24.
Friday: Sunny. Min 18 – Max 29
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 20 – Max 29.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 30.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 30.
Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 21 – Max 28.
Friday: Possible shower. Min 26 – Max 33.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 26 – Max 34.
Sunday: Possible shower. Min 26 – Max 34.
Monday: Possible shower. Min 27 – Max 34.
Tuesday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 27 – Max 33.
Friday: Shower or two. Min 20 – Max 28.
Saturday: Showers. Min 21 – Max 28.
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 20 – Max 30.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 20 – Max 31.
Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 22 – Max 32.
Friday: Hot and sunny. Min 19 – Max 38.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 23 – Max 36.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 20 – Max 29.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 16 – Max 21.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 15 – Max 23.
Friday: Hot and sunny. Min 21 – Max 38.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, Min 22 – Max 37.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 31.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 14 – Max 25.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 12 – Max 24.
Friday: Sunny. Min 19 – Max 31.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 17 – Max 29.
Sunday: Sunny. Min 17 – Max 33.
Monday: Hot and sunny. Min 20 – Max 38.
Tuesday: Very hot and sunny. Min 22 – Max 38.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 13 – Max 29.
Saturday: Becoming cloudy. Min 16 – Max 28.
Sunday: Showers. Min 17 – Max 21.
Monday: Cloudy. Min 13 – Max 20.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 – Max 19.