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AustraliaStorms, heatwaves to batter Australia

06:55  11 january  2019
06:55  11 january  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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A heatwave will hit most of Australia this week that will push Christmas temperatures in some areas to as Inland areas of South Australia will have temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s and Adelaide is forecast Queensland's south-east set for 'close to perfect' Christmas after storms batter Gold Coast.

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Brollies and bathers are set to be in equal demand across Australia this weekend, with heatwaves and thunderstorms forecast to sweep the country.

South Australia is bracing for six days of high temperatures, with the heatwave set to challenge the state's electricity network.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast very hot conditions across the state from today until at least next Wednesday, with maximums for Adelaide likely to peak in the low 40s.

In some regional centres, the mercury is likely to push into the mid-40s before cooler conditions push through next Thursday.

Storms, heatwaves to batter Australia© Weatherzone Heatwaves are set to batter parts of Australia this weekend.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says the state's power grid is expected to cope with the severe conditions.

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State’s far north braces for heavy rain and storms while south-east looks forward to respite from heat and extreme weather. Heatwave to hit Australia after Christmas with 45 degrees in the south.

Torrential rain and high winds have caused havoc across Australia 's east coast, leaving thousands of homes without power and causing extensive flooding.

"We've made all the necessary precautionary investigations regarding our energy supply," Mr Marshall said.

"Obviously, you're always anxious when there are very high temperatures in South Australia but we believe we've got all the contingencies in place."

The forecast high temperatures are also a concern for organisers of cycling's Tour Down Under.

Storms, heatwaves to batter Australia© Weatherzone Thunderstorms are also predicted for parts of Queensland and New South Wales.

The women's field will swelter from today, with the men to race in very hot conditions on at least Tuesday and Wednesday.

Organisers say they are talking with teams and will consider reducing stage distances and adjusting start times if necessary.

Meanwhile western Queensland will endure a heatwave of its own, with towns expecting above-average temperatures to continue for at least another week.

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Experts are warning that road and rail services could be severely disrupted by the 70mph winds.

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Birdsville near the Northern Territory border is predicted to reach 46 degrees next week after similar recent temperatures, while Charleville, 750 kilometres west of Brisbane, will be in the high 30s.

Storms, heatwaves to batter Australia© Supplied The St Kilda breakwater in Adelaide. Image from Chris Spencer.

Other south-western region towns, including Longreach and Winton, have regularly been around the 40-degree mark to start the year as part of the low intensity heatwave.

"It's above the average, about 5-6 degrees above the average for the western region," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Chris Joseph told AAP.

"The area extends from up in the north, near Gulf (of Carpentaria) country, down through south-western part of the state into the Maranoa-Warrego.

Storms, heatwaves to batter Australia© Supplied The Manly ferry in Sydney made its way through fog this morning.

"So that's likely to stay in place right through to pretty much most of next week.

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"A pretty hot start to the year."

The region is not expected to benefit from a weak low pressure system associated with ex-tropical cyclone Penny, which is bringing heavy rainfalls to parts of the north tropical coast.

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"That will shift over the northwest over the next 24 hours or so into the Gulf country," Mr Joseph said.

"It's unlikely to reform as it's weakened considerably. It's going to weaken further."

However, BOM has forecast severe thunderstorms with possible flash flooding in Queensland's north today, centreing around the Cape York towns of Croydon and Georgetown.

Severe thunderstorms have also been forecast for parts of New South Wales today, including the Riverina, southern ranges, and parts of the Central West.

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However, temperatures are set to be high in the state's west, cracking 44 degrees on Saturday at Broken Hill.

On Saturday and Sunday Sydney is set to be fine on Saturday and partly cloudy on Sunday, reaching a top of 31 degrees tomorrow.

After today's top of 32 degrees, Melbourne will cool slightly to a maximum of 27 on Sunday, with no rain forecast.

Thunderstorms are forecast for the north of Western Australia during the weekend, but it won't cause the mercury to dip.

Weatherzone is predicting temperatures of 45-47 degrees in Newman and Pannawonica.

With AAP.

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