‘Hottest day since January’ due

Melbourne could be about to see its hottest day since January as a blanket of heat envelopes large parts of the country on the weekend.

But we have to get through some stormy weather first.

Unsettled conditions east of the Great Dividing Range are bringing heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and strong winds to parts of New South Wales and Queensland on Friday and into Saturday morning.

Warnings for severe thunderstorms have been issued for NSW from the mid north coast to south coast as well as central parts of Queensland.

Saturday should be clearer and far calmer across most capitals, although Perth will be soggy. But it’s all building up to toasty conditions.

“Baking heat from north west Australia will push towards the south with a round of heat arriving at the end of the weekend and into the beginning of next week,” said Sky News Weather Meteorologist Alison Osborne.

“First over South Australia and then the south east. On Sunday, a change in Melbourne could see it have its hottest day since January.

“Next on the cards will be NSW.”

Adelaide will jump by 10C between Friday and Saturday hitting 29C. Then a further jump on Sunday to a sizzling 36C in the CBD before the heat dips to a more seasonal 22C from Monday. Overnight on Sunday will be hot too, not dipping below 20C.

Extreme fire danger warnings have been issued for grassland areas north of Adelaide.

Melbourne’s CBDs will peak at 20C on Saturday but then the heat will roll through with Sunday potentially hitting 33C. The city’s highest temperature in 2020 was on 31 January when the mercury hit almost 43C – so it still a way off that.

Overnight lows will be around 13C with sunny skies and some cloud.

Tasmania should escape the blistering temperatures, bumping around 20C all weekend and into next week with lows of 11C. Some rain may pass through Hobart on Sunday and Monday.

Canberra is forecast to reach 30C on Monday and possibly Sunday, while Saturday will be a more usual 23C. Sunday should see clear blue skies.

A sunny weekend in Sydney after Friday’s storms. Temperatures will be very manageable, peaking at around 25C both days. However, Monday will see a spike to 33C before a big fall back to the low twenties on Tuesday. Minimums in the mid-teens for the Harbour City on Saturday and Sunday.

Warm in Brisbane with highs of around 32C from Saturday all the way through to Monday and then higher again at 34C on Tuesday. Mostly sunny skies and no rain with lows of 20C in the city.

Partly cloudy and 35C in Darwin on Saturday with a possible storm on Sunday and Monday.

A rainy few days in Perth with up to 8mm falling on Saturday and a forecast maximum of 32C and low of 14C. Still the possibility of a shower on Sunday with a high of 21C. Top temperatures are likely to increase into the mid-twenties early in the week.

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