Mixed bag of weather this long weekend Australia-wide
AUSTRALIANS are in for a mixed bag of weather this long weekend, with temperatures plummeting in rainy Sydney while scorching heat in South Australia has prompted fire bans before bushfire season has even begun.
Sydney had an early taste of summer on Friday, with the mercury hitting 33C in the city and 34C in the western suburbs by 1pm, before a cool change hit half an hour later. Temperatures plummeted as much as 14C in one hour.
Sydney had a wet start to the long weekend today, with temperatures set to reach just 19C, though showers are likely to ease in the afternoon. It's expected to warm up to about 25C on Sunday with a low chance of rain.
Last night NSW firefighters got the upper hand on a blaze close to homes at Castlereagh, near Penrith in Sydney's west, as Friday's southerly change saw temperatures drop.
"We are seeing conditions somewhat better which will give us a better opportunity to contain those fires," a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman told AAP on Friday night.
"We will see those fire risks increase especially Sunday and Monday - but (Saturday) hopefully for most parts of the state we will see conditions somewhat better."
The fire danger rating will remain very high in the New England and Northern Slopes regions on Saturday, while in the North Western and Far Western regions it will be high and it the rest of the state low to moderate.
Meanwhile three districts in South Australia face total fire bans, even before the start of the official bushfire season.
The Country Fire Service has declared fire bans in the northwest pastoral, west coast and Flinders districts for Saturday where the fire risk will be severe.
The mercury is set to push into the low 40s in some regional centres.
"Although it is early in the year to see these hot and dry conditions, it is not the first time CFS has issued total fire bans at this time of the year," State Duty Commander Sam Quigley said.
"Saturday's forecast means if a fire starts, it will be difficult for CFS crews to contain." Adelaide is expected to have a top temperature of 34C before a cool change moves across the state later in the day, dropping the city's maximum for Sunday to just 19C.
Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Grace Legge said the "unusual" heat will build through South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland throughout the long weekend.
"We're only in the first week of October and we're seeing these very strong and hot temperatures, so we are expecting to see some early season records broken through those states," she said.
They said the hot weather will likely continue into early next week, warning that fire concerns will "peak" on Monday and Tuesday next week.
Lucky residents in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT and South Australia will benefit from the first long weekend of spring.
Those in Queensland will celebrate the Queen's Birthday on Monday with the other three states are finally getting their Labour Day holiday - and the weather is set to be ideal for a trip to the beach.
A hot air mass will move across the country, and is set to deliver scorching temperatures for parts of the weekend.
"During the weekend, that hot air mass will push all the way towards the east coast, leading to near record high October temperatures," explains chief meteorologist for Sky News Weather, Tom Saunders.
Here's how the weather is shaping up for the public holiday across the states.
Temperatures are set to rise into the 30s in Queensland, and residents can expect hot and sunny weather for their Queen's Birthday long weekend.
Brisbane will reach 31C on Saturday, and climb to 35C on Monday.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Those in New South Wales will be pleased to learn their long weekend will be subject to temperatures far higher than the average, with no cool change to come.
Residents can expect gusty north-westerly winds, causing raised dust and fire dangers earlier in the weekend.
Continuing to track a likely burst of heat. At this stage a low pressure trough is expected to enter western #NSW late Sat then slowly move across the state, reaching the NE on Mon. Winds AHEAD of it will bring warm conditions in some areas in coming days https://t.co/e4y1z2JmAD pic.twitter.com/vYlRtK3L3p— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) October 2, 2019
After a warm start to October, temperatures in Sydney will drop slightly to 22C, with showers on Saturday, before rocketing back to 25C and 28C on Sunday and Monday respectively.
Canberra residents will see temperatures warm up ahead of Monday, with mostly sunny weather expected for the public holiday.
While Saturday will be 21C with slight showers, Sunday and Monday will reach 27C and 23C respectively.
UPDATED HEAT ANIMATION:- shows Friday & Saturday max temps for parts of #SouthAustralia >40°C with raised dust due to strong nthly winds. #Adelaide max temp today 27°C, Thurs 22°C, before warming up again Friday & Saturday. To see max temps on a map - https://t.co/enpaaweFFx pic.twitter.com/DF8oGSTLtq— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) October 2, 2019
South Australians have experienced an unusually hot week, with temperatures soaring into the 40s for the western part of the state.
Saunders has warned of elevated fire dangers, especially in the northern parts of the state and near the Mount Lofty Ranges. "Fires will be fast moving and difficult to control," he said.
A cool change will arrive for Labour Day in South Australia.
A strong, cool change is expected to arrive on Saturday night, sending the temperature back down to 19C in Adelaide on Sunday.
A top of 17C is expected on Monday for the public holiday, and residents in Adelaide can expect some showers.