Pilbara and Kimberley regions in WA's north has been hit by week-long heatwaveTemperatures will get up to 46C in Marble Bar, often the hottest place on earthMelbourne has recorded its first 30C-plus day in six months on TuesdayDifferent story for much of NSW and Queensland battered by rain and flooding
Swathes of Australia are getting ready for a sizzling start to summer as scorching temperatures soar towards 50C.
Much of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions in Western Australia’s north and central Australia will record 40C-plus temperatures each day until early next week as authorities issue warnings about the severe to extreme heatwave conditions.
The heat is making its way east with Melbourne recording its first 30C-plus day in six months on Tuesday as Adelaide hit 33C.
The mercury will surge past monthly average maximums to a top of 46C in the WA outback town of Marble Bar on Friday with the heatwave to continue through to at least Sunday.
Swathes of Australia will see a sizzling start to summer with heatwave temperatures (pictured Sydneysiders at Bondi Beach during recent warm weather)
Much of Australia will see temperatures soar above 40C on Thursday in the areas shaded in pink and dark orange
The town has already been declared as the hottest place in the world in the last 24 hours after hitting 42.5 C, slightly warmer than its 41.9C December average.
‘Extreme heatwave is pretty rare and those are temperatures that are well above normal for this time of year,’ duty forecaster Bob Tarr told the ABC.
‘We’re talking about temperatures later in the week where we’re going to be about 29C or 30C for a minimum and the maximums will be close to 46C. So we’re about four degrees above normal on both accounts.’
Marble Bar has one of the highest average maximum temperatures in Australia and is only second to Wyndham in the Kimberley region, which will hit 43C later this week.
Elsewhere across the Pilbara and Kimberley, Paraburdoo, Fitzroy Crossing and Kununurra have also already hit 40C and will get hotter in the coming days.
‘As the west coast trough moves eastwards, a cool change will move through these areas too. A new trough develops down the west coast next weekend,’ the bureau tweeted.
Frequently listed as the hottest place on earth, Marble Bar in WA’s north-west (pictured) will hit 46C on Friday
‘Warm to hot conditions are spreading south-eastwards across the continent with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s making it as far south as Victoria and Tasmania early this week.’
Further south, it’s much cooler in Perth with a top of 25C for the next few days before the mercury soars into the 30s for the weekend.
It’s a different story along Australia’s east coast with more rain and flooding in parts of Queensland and NSW.
Many regions in the Sunshine state have recorded more than 50mm in the last 24 hours with another soaking on the way.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a thunderstorm warning for much of Queensland on Tuesday afternoon.
The state’s south-east will be battered by severe thunderstorms and heavy rain.
Regions to be hardest hit include Warwick, Dalby, Roma, Biloela, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi.
Those in Queensland’s west can expect wind and hail.
Catchments across NSW are full after weeks of heavy rain drenched the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued more than 20 flood warnings and alerts across NSW on Tuesday, with the Macquarie river in the north and the Lachlan river in central west of most concern.
Sydneysiders are currently missing out on the heatwave temperatures blasting much of Australia
There’s a minor to major flood warning for the Lachlan River at at Nanami, Forbes, Cottons Weir, Jemalong, Condobolin, Euabalong, Hillston and Booligal.
The BoM has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and predicted heavy rainfall for parts of the north west slopes and plains district that may lead to flash flooding in Walgett and Burren Junction.
There’s a minor to major flooding warning for the Namoi River at Gunnedah, Boggabri, Narrabri, Wee Waa, Bugilbone and Goangra.
River rises will occur downstream of Coonamble for the next few days and flooding is occurring along the Castlereagh River downstream of Coonamble.
Heavy rain may also lead to flash flooding over northern parts of the northern tablelands, and north west slopes and plains possibly affecting Tenterfield, Liston, Drake, Emmaville, Boggabilla and Ashford.
WA’s Pilbara region, including the outback town of Marble Bar record 40C-plus temperatures each day until early next week