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Hottest January on Record: Australia Day to be Six Degrees Hotter than Last Year as Heatwave Rolls In

By Friday it is forecast to be 45 degrees or higher in country areas such as Cobar, Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Orange before cooling slightly on Sunday.

These temperatures aren’t normal, but won’t quite break the record-breaking heat of last week, when the 15 hottest sites in the world were all in Australia, and in northern New South Wales it was so hot that there were reports of roads melting.

In Sydney, coastal areas will hover around the low-to-mid 30s from Friday to Sunday, while parts of the city’s west like Richmond, Campbelltown, Blacktown, Liverpool and Bankstown will all creep above 40, and Penrith is expected to reach a top of 43 degrees on Sunday.

Sydney is also set to sizzle through Australia Day activities on Saturday, with January 26 set to be its hottest since at least 2004, according to Weatherzone – and about six degrees hotter than it was last year, when the CBD hit a maximum of 27.

Other states will cop the worst of the heat in the next couple of days with Adelaide expected to be hotter on Thursday than any of the days during the last heatwave, as forecast maximum temperatures climb into the mid-40s

The interior of Australia, western NSW and north-west Victoria will all see temperatures over 40 degrees over the next few days.

Sunbathers and swimmers  enjoy another hot and sunny day on Tuesday.
Sunbathers and swimmers enjoy another hot and sunny day on Tuesday.CREDIT:JAMES ALCOCK

Adelaide will see relief on Friday, Melbourne heat will peak on Friday – with a cool change arriving after that. On the weekend the heat will shift to eastern NSW and western Sydney.

Meanwhile, the NSW Rural Fire Service has flown a Large Air Tanker to Tasmania to join the firefighting effort, as ‘challenging conditions’ await the island state over the next few days.

“When we see elevated temperatures and windy conditions we could see those fire dangers also increase, on Thursday in South Australia and Friday into Victoria and Tasmania,” said BOM senior meteorologist Grace Legge.

Among the more obvious pieces of advice such as keeping up water intake and making sure your fridges and air conditioners work, NSW Health also recommends putting together a small emergency kit to overcome possible power failure, avoiding dark reflective curtain linings or metal Venetian blinds (as they absorb heat) and checking that your home can be properly ventilated without compromising security.

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People on heavy medication should discuss with their GP how their medication could affect their health in the heat, as many prescribed medications can make the risk of heat-related illness worse.

Mr Sharpe warned that stronger winds could mean an increased risk of bushfires. 

‘Winds will pick up on Friday and that looks like the most dangerous fire day for the southeast with severe to extreme danger,’ he said.  

However, a tropical cyclone expected in the north could bring rain to northern and central Western Australia, which could eventually result in cooler temperatures in the southeast. 

AUSTRALIA’S FORECAST: THE WEEK AHEAD IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY        

TUESDAY: Min 22, Max 30, Mostly sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 23, Max 30, Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 21, Max 28, Partly cloudy 

FRIDAY:  Min 22, Max 31, Mostly sunny

SATURDAY: Min 24, Max 33, Mostly sunny  

CANBERRA   

TUESDAY: Min 18, Max 37, Partly cloudy

WEDNESDAY: Min 20, Max 35, Shower or Two

THURSDAY: Min 16, Max 33, Mostly sunny

FRIDAY: Min 17, Max 39, Hot and sunny 

SATURDAY: Min 23, Max 39, Hot and partly cloudy 

PERTH    

TUESDAY: Min 18, Max 28, Mostly sunny 

WEDNESDAY: Min 17, Max 22, Windy

THURSDAY: Min 16, Max 23, Shower or Two

FRIDAY: Min 13, Max 26, Sunny

SATURDAY: Min 14, Max 29, Sunny  

BRISBANE    

TUESDAY: Min 23, Max 32, Mostly sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 23, Max 34, Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 23, Max 34, Partly cloudy 

FRIDAY: Min 23, Max 33, Partly cloudy

SATURDAY: Min 23, Max 33, Partly cloudy 

MELBOURNE   

TUESDAY: Min 18, Max 30, Mostly sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 18, Max 25, Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 17, Max 38, Hot and sunny 

FRIDAY: Min 27, Max 41, Hot

SATURDAY: Min 20, Max 29, Possible shower 

ADELAIDE   

TUESDAY: Min 20, Max 37, Very hot and sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 21, Max 39, Very hot and sunny

THURSDAY: Min 28, Max 44, Very hot

FRIDAY: Min 25, Max 33, Partly cloudy

SATURDAY: Min 18, Max 30, Possible shower 

HOBART   

TUESDAY: Min 16, Max 30, Sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 14, Max 19, Early Shower or Two

THURSDAY: Min 13, Max 26, Partly cloudy 

FRIDAY: Min 18, Max 33, Hot and Partly Cloudy

SATURDAY: Min 17, Max 23, Possible late shower  

DARWIN   

TUESDAY: Min 25, Max 31, Shower or two, Possible storm

WEDNESDAY: Min 25, Max 31, Rain and Storm Likely

THURSDAY: Min 25, Max 31, Rain and Storm Likely

FRIDAY: Min 25, Max 32, Rain and Storm Likely

SATURDAY: Min 25, Max 32, Possible storm 

 Source: Bureau of Meterology

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