It’s going to be a scorcher
SYDNEYSIDERS are already feeling the heat this morning and it is only going to get worse with temperatures set to climb above 40 degrees in some areas.
In parts of New South Wales the mercury is tipped to reach 38 degrees with meteorologists warning it could climb to 41 degrees in places including Tibooburra and White Cliffs - the hottest conditions since February.
NSW Rural Fire Serve commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has warned there is a total fire ban for the Southern Ranges, Illawarra, Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter regions.
"We have got 17 fires that are still being monitored across NSW today - only one of them is not contained and that's up in the Wallamite Park near Rylston up in the central west," Mr Fitzsimmons told Nine's Today show.
"We are also working very closely with our colleagues in the ACT that they have got a difficult fire that has proved problematic overnight. We are supplying an aircraft and we will continue to work closely with them today to see how that fire develops."
He said the outlook was not good for the next three months when we will see above average temperatures with dry conditions dominating throughout summer.
The heatwave-like conditions have prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue severe weather warning for damaging winds for people in the Snowy Mountains, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and ACT.
Damaging winds will average 90km/h with peak gusts as high as 110km/h in some areas, but the conditions are expected to ease Saturday morning.
Risky weather has prompted very high fire danger ratings in Tasmania while Canberra will hit highs of 33 degrees despite windy and rainy weather set for the afternoon and evening.
Parts of Victoria are also on bushfire alert, with BOM releasing a severe fire danger warning for the Mallee and Wimmera districts, Nine News reported.
Melburnians will also feel the heat as the city is expected to reach 30 degrees despite rain and wind forecast for much of the state.
Brisbane residents are set for a top of 28 degrees and plenty of sunshine.
Thunderstorms are a possibility for Adelaide, with a cool front bringing low to mid-20s weather.
Darwin could see lightning and a maximum of 37 degrees.
Rain and a high of 25 degrees are expected for Hobart, as are sunny skies and 24 degrees for Perth.
Yesterday was the hottest November day since 2015, with temperature topping out at 34.2 degrees.
TODAY AND WEEKEND FORECAST
Sydney: Friday 37C, Saturday 30C, Sunday 24C
Brisbane: Friday 28C, Saturday 32C, Sunday 33C
Melbourne: Friday 30C, Saturday 19C, Sunday 24C
Perth: Friday: 24C, Saturday 24C, Sunday 30C
Canberra: Friday 33C, Saturday 27C, Sunday 29C
Adelaide: Friday 25C, Saturday 21C, Sunday 26C