'The sun has been baking the air': Heatwave warning from today
Large parts of the country are bracing for severe heatwave conditions over the coming days.
Temperatures are set to soar from Australia's north-west right through to the south-east.
Sydney's west is set to swelter with temperatures to reach the early 40s, with Sunday likely to be the hottest November day in five years.
In South Australia's far north, the town of Tarcoola could reach nearly 49 degrees.
"The sun has been baking the air across much of inland Australia over the last few days," Dean Narramore from the Bureau of Meteorology told Today.
"The heat started in Western Australia a few days ago, a couple of hours east of Perth we saw temperatures in the mid-40s a few days ago.
"(It's) moving to South Australia today, it will heat up even further on Thursday and as the trough system moves across the country, it is going to drag the heat through central Australia and into eastern and south-eastern parts of the country in the coming days."
Thankfully though, relief in the form of rain is on the way - but we'll have to wait a little longer.
"We will see the monsoon trough come in and that's later towards December," Mr Narramore said.
"Even if you have a cooler summer, you will have bursts of heat on and off during the spring and summer season.
"We should see the rains increase across the tropical north towards the end of the year and widespread showers and storms across the country as we move into the early parts of next year.
"For those looking for rain, it is on the radar, but in the coming days - a big heatwave."
National forecast for Thursday, November 26, 2020
Troughs are triggering a few showers and thunderstorms in the northern tropics while also drawing heat south into South Australia, western New South Wales and Queensland.
A pair of high pressure systems are keeping much of central and southern Australia dry and settled.
Brisbane is looking at a warm, partly cloud day with a top of 30 degrees.
Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the southeast. Mostly cloudy, very warm in the northeast.
Sunny, hot in the west.
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NEW SOUTH WALES & ACT
Sydney's west will see temperatures reach 35 degrees today ahead of potentially record breaking weekend conditions.
It'll be a mostly sunny, cool-to-mild day in the northeast.
A late shower/storm, warm in the southeast. Mostly sunny, hot in the southwest. Sunny, hot in the northwest.
Canberra will see a late shower and a top of 30 degrees.
A mild 20 degrees is on the way for Melbourne today.
Mostly sunny, cool-to-mild in the south. Mostly sunny, hot in the northwest. Fog then sunny, very warm in the northeast.
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Clearing shower, cool in the southwest. Windy on the highlands. Mostly sunny, mild in the southeast. Sunny, cool-to-mild in the northwest. Mostly sunny, cool in the northeast.
A hot 33 degrees is on the way for Adelaide, while in Port Augusta it's likely to reach 39 degrees.
Mostly sunny, cool-to-mild in the southeast and central. Sunny, very warm in the west. Mostly sunny, hot in the north.
It'll be a very warm day in the west, with Meekatharra hitting 40 degrees.
Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the southwest and south. Sunny, very warm in the northwest. Hot in the northeast and interior with inland showers/storms.
A very hot day in the Top End with some areas hitting 43 degrees.
There'll be showers and storms; sunny, hot in Arnhem.
Mostly sunny, hot over the interior. Mostly cloudy, very warm-to-hot in the south.