A severe heatwave is forecast for large parts of inland
Australia with temperatures in the mid-40s expected across
three states, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.
The heatwave is expected to hit today and continue through
BoM Assistant Director Weather Services, Alasdair Hainsworth,
said a large, hot air mass from northern Australia was being
drawn southeastwards by a slow-moving, low pressure trough.
The excessive heat was moving slowly east, driving up
temperatures in central, southern and eastern Australia, he
Temperatures are expected to peak in the mid 40s over inland
South Australia, western NSW and northern Victoria on
Temperatures will remain in the high 30s and low 40s through
the weekend for large parts of NSW and the Queensland border
"We haven't seen an early season, prolonged heatwave like
this since November 2009, which was a record hot month for
Australia," Mr Hainsworth said.
He said neutral weather conditions had returned this spring
following the past two relatively mild and humid summers as a
result of the wetter and cooler conditions typical during La
Mr Hainsworth said a concern was the amount of vegetation
following two wet years, which meant high fuel loads now
drying out and causing an increased bushfire risk.
Fast-moving grassfires were of particular concern, he said.