WEATHER: This week is going to be a scorcher
SCORCHING conditions are on the way as the full force of summer arrives, temperatures rise rapidly and inland centres such as Toowoomba take the brunt of the heat.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast scorching summer temperatures for most of Australia this week, with no relief in sight for several days.
BOM are predicting the hot conditions will spread through southern Queensland during the week, as a broad area of low pressure extends into the region.
- Fire danger rated as very high.
- Temperatures will build from 32 to a scorching 43 by Thursday and Friday.
- The UV index from 7.40am to 4.30pm is extreme.
- Slight chance of rain on Thursday, but by Sunday it rises to 60% chance.
- Temperatures from 21 to 35 with Thursday the hottest.
- Mostly dry with only a slight chance of rain until Sunday.
- The coast will be better off, as temperatures go from 21 to 30.
- Inland it's going to be hotter peaking at 36 later in the week.
- Rain on Sunday and Monday is unlikely to bring much relief.
- Reach for the air conditioner on Thursday as the temperature jumps up to high 30s.
- A thunderstorm on Friday may bring some relief.
- Sunday and Monday should be rainy days with only slightly lower daytime temperatures.
- It might be a little bit cooler on the coast, but at mid-30s for the whole of the week, it will still be hot.
- A south-east change is forecast for Sunday followed by rain on Monday.
- Rain is in for the rest of week, with Sunday requiring umbrellas and possibly gumboots.
- Daytime is expected to go from 32 to a searing 39 degrees by Friday.
- The fire danger is rated as high.
- The UV index from 8.40am to 5.20pm is extreme.
- Saturday is forecast to be the hottest of a hot week, reaching 36.
- Strong northerlies will be around all week.
- Rain and more rain from Saturday.
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- The hottest day will be tomorrow with up to 40 degrees on the way.
- Stormy weather is forecast throughout the week.
In all major centres the heat is on.
Perth will have mid-30s, on Thursday Adelaide will have to deal with up to 37, Hobart should stay in mid to high 20s, Melbourne is heading towards a wet end of the week and up to 32, Canberra is in for a dry blast of between 33 and 38, Sydney will top out tomorrow with a forecast high of 38 and Darwin is in for a consistent 30 to 32 degrees.
Never crossing a flooded area, staying indoors, drinking lots of water, ensuring your pet is well hydrated and your elderly neighbour is safe are good strategies to manage yourself and your environment when the summer heats up.
For more weather information, go to www.bom.gov.au.