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Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, weather: Wild storms and heatwave about to strike – what you need to know

Large parts of Australia are expected to experience severe weather conditions, including heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, flash flooding and intense heatwaves.

Eastern and Northern Australia are preparing for a stormy week that will last until next Monday.

The main areas of concern are northern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland, where up to 150mm of rain could fall in some areas over the next week.

A heavy rainfall of 20mm is expected in Brisbane on Tuesday alone, with the possibility of severe storms in southern inland Queensland.

In addition, a new storm front is expected to hit the NSW south coast on Tuesday, bringing heavy rain, damaging winds and the chance of large hail. Parts of Victoria and South Australia are also expected to receive significant rainfall throughout the week.

At the other end of the country, a severe weather warning has been issued for heatwave conditions in Perth and large parts of Western Australia. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s, raising concerns about extreme heat in the region.

Australia’s east coast will be lashed by heavy rain and storms for the rest of the week

Weather Zone meteorologist Felix Levesque told Ny Breaking Australia conditions will worsen as a low-pressure trough moves from northern Australia into Queensland and NSW.

“Some areas will receive 80 to 150mm of rain over the next few days, from north-west Queensland through to the central and eastern parts of the state and into north-west NSW,” he said.

‘The rain will continue until next Wednesday.

“The rest of NSW and parts of Victoria and South Australia will receive 10-30mm over the weekend from Thursday, with conditions easing on Sunday.”

Charleville, located in outback Queensland, is forecast to receive up to 25mm of rain every day until Thursday. The Wide-Bay Burnett area is also expected to experience significant rainfall. North of the border, New England in NSW could receive up to 100mm, with isolated areas seeing rainfall double.

For Sydneysiders, it’s worth keeping your umbrella handy this weekend as up to 13mm of rain is expected over the two days.

Both the northern and southern parts of Australia will be hit by rain and storms this week

Both the northern and southern parts of Australia will be hit by rain and storms this week

Northern NSW and South East Queensland (in purple) will see the heaviest rainfall over the next week

Northern NSW and South East Queensland (in purple) will see the heaviest rainfall over the next week

A higher low over South Africa through Sunday will draw in moisture via northerly winds over the eastern part of the country.

‘The low level will also generate easterly winds in the northern part of the country, allowing the trough to tap into moisture from the tropics and the very warm waters of Western Australia’s north-west shelf,’ Weather zone added

‘It’s worth bearing in mind that rainfall tends to be a bit more variable when it arrives via storms, rather than as a band of rain crossing the country. “So some areas will get a good soaking this week, while other nearby areas may miss out on significant rainfall.”

The Bureau of Meterorology has forecast several days of severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of northern and eastern Australia, bringing large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

“They’re going to be variable,” said meteorologist Dean Narramore.

Perth is in the midst of a severe heatwave, with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius on Thursday.  Pictured are beachgoers at Cottesloe Beach

Perth is in the midst of a severe heatwave, with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius on Thursday. Pictured are beachgoers at Cottesloe Beach

‘That’s the pattern that will continue all week.

‘Good news for many, except for those harvesting in southern NSW and northern Victoria where heavy rain will be a hindrance.

“Otherwise, other areas will see very welcome rainfall after several very dry months.”

Perth is sweltering in a pre-summer heatwave, affecting a 1,565km stretch of coastline from Exmouth in the north to Augusta in southern WA.

“Perth is doing well in these severe heatwave conditions,” BOM’s Angus Hines said.

“On Tuesday we really see the temperature in Perth going up a notch to 36 degrees Celsius,” he said. ‘

But Wednesday is the day of peak heating with 39 degrees Celsius in Perth. I wouldn’t rule out 40°C in some suburbs.’

FOUR-DAY FORECASTS FOR CAPITALS

PERTH

Tuesday: Sunny. Maximum 37

Wednesday: Wind decreases. Sunny. Min24 Max39

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min25 Max40

Friday: Mostly sunny. Min24 Max37

ADELAIDE

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Maximum24

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Min12 Max24

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min12 Max26

Friday: Showers. Min15 Max25

MELBOURNE

Tuesday: Possible showers. Maximum20

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min13 Max20

Thursday: Partly cloudy.Min14 Max24

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min14 Max27

HOBART

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Maximum21

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min11 Max21

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min9 Max20

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min10 Max23

CANBERRA

Tuesday: Shower or two. Maximum27

Wednesday: Shower or two. Min11 Max27

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min11 Max25

Friday: Shower or two. Min10 Max22

SYDNEY

Tuesday: Possible showers. Maximum26

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Min18 Max25

Thursday: Shower or two. Min18 Max25

Friday: Shower or two. Min18 Max23

BRISBANE

Tuesday: Showers. Maximum25

Wednesday: Shower or two. Min21 Max27

Thursday: Shower or two. Min20 Max27

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min20 Max27

DARWIN

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Maximum35

Wednesday: Possible late rain or storm. Min27 Max35

Thursday: Shower or two. Possible thunderstorms. Min26Max33

Friday: Shower or two. Possible thunderstorms. Min25 Max33

Source: Bureau of Meteorology