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‘Low intensity’ heatwave to hit Victoria over the weekend

After a miserable and gloomy start to the year a heatwave is about to hit Victoria.Families and holiday-makers will be able to bask in some much-needed summer sun from the weekend as the temperature heats up across the state.But it could get uncomfortably warm, with temperatures expected to spike to a top of 41C in…

After a miserable and gloomy start to the year a heatwave is about to hit Victoria.

Families and holiday-makers will be able to bask in some much-needed summer sun from the weekend as the temperature heats up across the state.

But it could get uncomfortably warm, with temperatures expected to spike to a top of 41C in the northwest of the state and 37C in Melbourne on Monday.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Christie Johnson said there would be a “low intensity” heatwave across the state, with some areas of severe heat from Sunday through until Tuesday.

“It’s not unusual to get this sort of heat in summer in January, it just feels unusual because it’s been so mild over the last little while,” she said.

“We have had a fair bit of moisture activity inland over Central Australia which has been taking some of the heat out of the air.

“We’re starting to see some of that hotter air out of Central Australia finally heating up over there and getting down to us by the weekend.”

Ms Johnson said temperatures in the north would start heating up from Thursday and Friday, with maximums in the low to mid 30s and high 20s and low 30s expected in the south from Friday.

“Sunday we really start to see the higher temperatures getting into a large part of the state,” Ms Johnson said.

She said Monday would be the hottest day, with temperatures reaching the low 40s in northwest Victoria, but it would be a little cooler on Tuesday before it gets back to “pretty hot” again on Wednesday, with 41C expected in Mildura.

She said it was likely there would be severe and extreme fire danger ratings issued for the northwest on Monday as well as a very high rating across most of the state.

A cool change is forecast to hit the state on Wednesday that could see temperatures fall later in the day.

Meanwhile, West Australians are finally set to get some relief from the boiling temperatures and elevated fire dangers when a cool change arrives on Saturday.

Sky News meteorologist Alison Osborne said the temperature would drop to below 25C by Saturday evening, with an overnight low of 20C.

In northern Queensland, heavy rainfall will continue over the weekend with up to 200mm possible in some areas by Sunday.

“The focus of that torrential relentless rain will be around Townsville and then up towards the Cassowary Coast by the end of the weekend,” Ms Osborne said.

“Further river rises and further concern for an area which has already seen some very heavy rainfall.”

jack.paynter@news.com.au

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