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Severe Weather Update: Heatwave in southern and central Australia, 18 January 2019

January 21, 2020

Hello from the Bureau of Meteorology. We’re here with an update on the ongoing heatwave
and elevated fire conditions. Severe heatwave conditions are continuing
today over a large part of New South Wales, extending into South Australia, Queensland
and the Northern Territory. The temperature in Noona in NSW only dropped
to 35.9 degrees last night, an all-time minimum temperature record for Australia. Broad areas will exceed 42 degrees today,
continuing a trend that started on Monday. Canberra is forecast to reach 40 degrees today
for the fourth day in a row, something that hasn’t been observed since 1939 when records
began. A trough is expected to move over southern
and central Australia today. A fresh and gusty wind change and the potential
for dry lightning will accompany the trough, increasing fire dangers over parts of New
South Wales. Severe fire dangers are expected over Southern
Slopes and Ranges, with very high fire dangers elsewhere. A fire weather warning is current. A cool change will provide relief to southern
and central parts during the weekend, however hot temperatures will continue over central
eastern Australia. Severe heatwave conditions are expected to
develop over Western Australia this weekend with areas about the southern coast experiencing
up to 14 degrees above the average. This heat will spread into South Australia
on Tuesday and Wednesday, before returning to the southeast mid to late week. That’s all for now. Keep informed of the advice of your local
health authorities and emergency services; updated forecasts and warnings can be found
on our website and on social media.

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