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Brisbane and Sydney brace for heatwave as strong winds lash southern states

NSW and Queensland are expecting temperatures up to 16 and 14 degrees above average on Monday as a heatwave sweeps across the eastern states.Much of the Sunshine State will soar into fire danger conditions, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a warning for blazes in the state’s west.“Sydney will be a hot one today, particularly…

NSW and Queensland are expecting temperatures up to 16 and 14 degrees above average on Monday as a heatwave sweeps across the eastern states.

Much of the Sunshine State will soar into fire danger conditions, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a warning for blazes in the state’s west.

“Sydney will be a hot one today, particularly the western suburbs where Penrith will get to 41, which will be their warmest November day since 2015,” BOM’s Dean Narramore said.

“Sydney itself may be protected by sea breezes but will still see temperatures into the 20s as a subtle bluster will bring a cool change in the afternoon.”

Mr Narramore said Queensland was expecting a low to severe heatwave on Monday for much of the state’s inland.

“Western suburbs of Brisbane will see temperatures in the mid-30s, while Ipswich could hit 36,” he said.

“It will be similar tomorrow and then temperatures will drop into the high 20s and low 30s, while most of inland Queensland is going to have a hot week with temperatures into the high 30s to low 40s.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a fire weather warning for Queensland’s southwest in Maranoa and Warrego as Longreach expects a top of 42 degrees.

“The trough is expected to move across the district from the southwest during the day, reaching Cunnamulla in the afternoon, then Charleville and St George in the evening,” the warning states.

“East of the trough, conditions will be hot with fresh, gusty north to northwesterly winds. West of the trough, strong and gusty southwesterly winds are expected.”

Meanwhile, damaging winds will lash parts of South Australia, and gusts of up to 110 km/h will sweep across large parts of Victoria and into NSW.

Melbourne expects a top of 23 degrees, Perth 24, Adelaide 21, Hobart 22 and Canberra 28.

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