After large parts of NSW and southern QLD sweated through the heatwave over weekend, it’s looking like that heat isn’t going anywhere fast with record-breaking temperatures set to soar over the next couple of days. It’s December 1st and summer’s absolutely here, binch.
Although the temperature is set to hit a more tolerable high of 29º in inner Sydney and 32º in Brisbane today, the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that the hot weather will push the mercury right up further inland. So much so that temperature records for December are likely going to broken today in inland NSW thanks to the heatwave.
In the Hunter region, places like Singleton, Muswellbrook and Maitland are predicted to tip over the 40º mark today, and every weather-recording location across the north-west and central-west slopes and plains are pinned to hit well over that mark, too.
The highest predicted temperatures for the first day of summer are set to be in Condobolin and Narromine with 45º, Coonamble and Wee Waa with 46º, and Nyngan and Walgett with a whopping 47º.
But the Upper Western region is set for an absolute scorcher today with every station predicted to hit well over 45º, with Brewarrina marked for 47º and Bourke – possibly the hottest place on Earth today – looking to reach a whopping 48ºC at its peak.
Simply too hot, if you ask me.
Over the border in Queensland, the heatwave is also set to affect much of the state, with many regions coming in well over the 40º mark as well. Birdsville in the south-west is just shaving in below Bourke as the hottest place in the country with a top of 47º today, with places near the NSW border like Cunnamulla, Dirranbandi, and Bollon reaching over 45ºC.
The burst of heat is also set to linger, with temperatures remaining above 40º for most of these places tomorrow, before easing somewhat slightly later in the week.
It’s also been so hot in Dalby, northwest of Brisbane, that a wee koala was spotted yesterday have a play in a backyard sprinkler to cool off from the QLD heatwave.
That’s when you know it’s bloody hot, mates.