Grey nomads are being warned that a severe heatwave will sweep over much of the country next week.
Meteorologists say a 4,500-kilometre conveyor belt of scorching weather stretching from Broome all the way to the country’s south east could prove ‘dangerous’.
“There’s a big build-up of heat in a belt stretching from Broome to Canberra,” Dr James Goldie from Monash University’s Climate Change Communications Research Hub told news.com.au. “Once we get to Thursday that will start to kick in across the south and east and peak on the weekend.”
While he said it was unlikely the 50C barrier would quite be broken in coming days, Dr Goldie said it would still be an ‘exceptional’ heatwave event. with some places experiencing multiple days in the mid-40s.
“November heatwaves are first out of the gate and that can leave people flat footed as our bodies are not yet adapted to it physically and we can underestimate the effects,” he said. “It’s the transition season; that’s when people think it’s not dangerous and that’s when they make mistakes.”
Dr Goldie said people needed to ensure they didn’t do ‘silly things’ in the upcoming heat, and warned that heat stress could be an issue.
Regional Victoria will get up to a scorching 44C on Saturday in Swan Hill, and 42C in Bendigo and Wangaratta. Echuca and Kerang have been identified as Victorian towns that could break their all-time monthly heat records. Kerang’s record November high of 44C, set in 2012.
Broken Hill, Dubbo, Mildura, Griffith, Forbes and Hay are all forecast for 40C from the end of the week onward.
Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney are all also said to be in the crosshairs of the blistering conditions which are being created by a large high-pressure system in the Tasman Sea that’s dragging that hot air from mainly northern Western Australia south and eastwards.