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‘Heat merry-go-round’ hits Australia

Spring has well and truly sprung with temperatures usually only seen in summer hitting parts of the country today.Sydney saw its hottest day since April and it was the warmest start to spring in 25 years.But those hoping for a beach day this weekend might be in for disappointment as a cold front sweeps across…

Spring has well and truly sprung with temperatures usually only seen in summer hitting parts of the country today.

Sydney saw its hottest day since April and it was the warmest start to spring in 25 years.

But those hoping for a beach day this weekend might be in for disappointment as a cold front sweeps across the country.

Sky News Weathermeteorologist Rob Sharpe said the heat on the east coast was slowly making its way up north before “cooler weather starts to intrude”.

“That’s where we’re going to be seeing showers and thunderstorms each afternoon,” Mr Sharpe said.

The thunderstorm activity will be focused in NSW’s Hunter Region on Friday before moving north to southeast Queensland.

“It looks like fairly mediocre thunderstorm activity each day…it will primarily tend to just be showers, won’t be all that much in the way of lightning. They’ll be very mediocre thunderstorms by southeast Queensland’s standard.”

Nationally, another trough will run through southern Western Australia before heading east by Saturday.

By Sunday, the next front will run into the southwest corner of Australia, bringing damaging wind gusts and thunderstorm activity for Perth and southern Western Australia.

In terms of the heat circulating around Australia this weekend, Mr Sharpe described the phenomenon as a “heat merry-go-round”.

“We can see it cooling off in Perth from Sunday as the front moves through but then we see the heat from the north gets dragged down into the south again,” he said.

“So we’re watching this heat merry-go-round that occurs through Australia’s hot season as the heat from the north and west progresses down to the south, out into the east and back up into the north again.”

By Monday, some of that heat will head into Adelaide, giving the South Australian capital its warmest day since April.

And by Tuesday, “that heat will flood back into NSW for a carbon warm day like we saw today”, Mr Sharpe said.

AROUND THE CAPITALS

Beginning in Western Australia, Perth cleared up late last night after some showers, with dry conditions expected until Sunday when the rain, heavy at times, returns.

There will be highs in the late teens in Perth but spiking to 24C on Saturday. Lows will be around 10C.

Adelaide is facing a few days of showers before the clouds clear for a fine and sunny Sunday. The mercury will be around the 17C mark before reaching 23C on Sunday and then 26C on a warm Monday. Like Perth, lows will be in the 10C region.

Melbourne has had a wet and windy week but that wild weather will start to clear today with some rain expected today before settling on Friday. The temperatures will dip to 17C on Friday before rising again on Sunday.

Hobart won’t see the bumps in temperature with days in the mid to high teens heading into the weekend. A possible shower on Friday.

The Australian capital will see temperatures between 17 and 20C for the rest of the week and weekend but with some chilly lows – it will sink to just 1C early on Saturday morning, for instance. Canberra may face some showers today before clearing up tomorrow and into the weekend.

Hot in the Harbour City with highs of 30C expected today before heading down towards the low-twenties again. A possible shower in Sydney on Friday before things clear up for the weekend.

The city’s western suburbs could get a degree or two hotter. But anywhere along the coast, from Bega to Ballina, could see hotter than average spring weather today and possibly into Friday before a big fall in the mercury as the weekend arrives.

Brisbane will see a settled few days in the mid-twenties with plenty of sun peeking through the clouds and a possible shower on Sunday.

The temperature will reach the mid-thirties in Darwin during the day and 23C overnight. Blue skies throughout.

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