The residents of Queensland have been smoldered by hot weather that lingered on throughout the day as some parts of the state hit over 40 degrees Celsius with emergency services put on high alert for potential fire conditions.
Authorities continue to closely monitor the month-long Fraser Island fires overnight, following the evacuation of hundreds of locals and visitors last night.
A fire danger alert still stands at ‘very high’ in various parts of the state.
Temperatures similar to those of summer and heightened fire dangers are also predicted in most parts of Victoria and South Australia today.
Temperatures soared as a single trough brought about heat from the northern parts of WA through to South Australia and western Victoria, causing high temperatures of up to 16 degrees Celsius above average for the month of November.
Hot winds tracking ahead of the trough increased the fire danger in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and western NSW.
In the meantime, a wide trough has been forecast to trigger rains and heavy storms across many parts of Australia including Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, Western NSW, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
High pressure systems have forced weather conditions to remain dry in Queensland, eastern NSW and southern WA.
Here’s the state-by-state weather forecast as at Sunday, November 15, 2020
Slim to moderate chances of rain accompanied with thunderstorms in western districts and a slight risk in the south-eastern and central districts inland to the coast. The rest of the areas within Queensland will be sunny.
Above average temperatures are expected with peaks in central and southern districts inland to the east coast. Temperature tops of 36 degrees in Gympie and Rockhampton with Brisbane recording 31 degrees Celsius.
Light to medium northeast to north-westerly winds are expected, bringing new and gusty north-westerly above the southwestern areas from morning through to the afternoon.
Various regions within Queensland are predicted with ‘Very High’ fire danger and these include the Peninsula, Upper Flinders, Northern Goldfields, Coalfields, Central Highlands, Granite Belt and the Darling Downs.
NSW & THE ACT
Possible gusty rainfall or thunderstorms are expected in the far west in the afternoon through to evening. Other parts will remain dry and mostly sunny.
The east particularly around the tablelands will see fog in the morning. Dust is set to develop in raised areas near the South Australian border in the course of the day.
The west is forecast to experience hot to very warm temperatures during the day. Peaks of 43 degrees are expected in Tibooburra and the White Cliffs, 41 degrees in Ivanhoe and Bourke with the coast being cooler with tops of 26 degrees in Sydney and 25 degrees in Wollongong.
East to south-easterly winds are expected in the far northeast, tracking north-easterly via the southern coast at daytime. Fresh to severe northeast to north-westerly winds will develop in the far west and around the Alps in the course of the day.
The fire danger was forecast to be ‘Very High’ in the Southern Riverina, North Western and Northern Riverina fire regions.
The east is set to experience some fog in the morning with the west expected to see isolated, gusty rains during the day. The northwest parts will experience isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon that will extend to the central and southwestern areas later in the evening.
The far northwest will experience a hot and cloudy day with some dusty conditions. Temperature tops of 33 degrees forecast for Bendigo, Melbourne and Maryborough.
Strong winds are expected in most parts of the state, tracking from the Southwest areas to Melbourne towards East Gippsland.
Destructive winds moving at average speeds of 50 to 70km/h with high gusts of about 100 to 110km/h are predicted across raised regions (over 400m) of western Victoria, tracking to elevated areas of central Victoria in the morning before shifting to the Far East by evening.
The fire danger is predicted to be Severe in the Mallee area and high-to-very high in other areas.
Showers in the west, tracking to the north in the morning through to midday are expected. Rainfall in the northeast will clear in the late afternoon.
Chances of thunderstorms are high for the northwest.
Peak temperatures of 20 degrees are expected in Swansea, Hobart and Queenstown.
Northwest to north-easterly winds are forecast.
Hot-to-very-hot weather conditions accompanied with northerly winds, high fire danger is predicted ahead of a milder, gusty southwest to southerly shift to the west, tracking eastwards to western areas of the North East Pastoral later in the evening.
Temperatures are forecast to hit tops of 42 degrees in Ceduna, and 37 degrees in Adelaide and Port Augusta.
An extreme weather warning is in place for parts of Flinders and Mid North, North East Pastoral and North West Pastoral districts, with very hot and windy weather conditions forecast.
A severe to gale force northerly air current is forecast to hit the region at average speeds of 60-70km/h, and peak gusts of up to 100km/h.
Areas likely to be affected include Roxby Downs, Port Augusta, Hawker, Leigh Creek, Woomera and Jamestown.
Rainfall alongside gusty thunderstorms are expected in the east near Pukatja/Ernabella, Whyalla and in Adelaide, as scattered thunderstorms are expected in the Flinders district as well as western areas of the North East Pastoral.
Elevated areas will experience dusty conditions including the Flinders and Pastoral districts.
Rainfall is forecast in central and southern parts of Southwest Land Division, Eucla and southern Goldfields, growing severe around the coastal parts in the morning and extending to the southwest parts of the state in the evening.
Showers and thunderstorm are expected in Kimberley and the far northeast North Interior.
Perth is forecast to record maximum temperatures of 22 degrees with Port Headland reporting hot conditions with peaks of 38 degrees Celsius.
Southwest Lasseter District will be partly cloudy and mostly sunny in the northeast Carpentaria and eastern Arnhem Districts.
Slight to moderate chances of rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm in other parts of the Territory. Gusty storms are expected south of the Top End and are likely to generate heavy showers in the southern Barkly District.
Most parts of the Territory will be very hot with highs of 43 degrees in Lajamanu and 41 degrees Celsius in Alice Springs.
Light to medium northwest winds, gusty and fresh are expected south of Barrow during the day before a moderate gusty and fresh west to southwest winds shift to develop in the Lasseter District later in the afternoon.
The fire danger is forecast as “Very High’ in the Simpson and Lasseter districts and ‘High’ in Gregory, Tanami, eastern Arnhem, southern Barkly and in the northern Daly Districts.
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