Another stifling day hits Sydney as bushfires burn across NSW
Sydneysiders will swelter through another day of scorching temperatures as a heatwave sparks dozens of bushfires.
Scorching temperatures are bearing down on New South Wales but are slightly lower than yesterday when Sydney saw its hottest March day in decades.
Sydney is forecast to hit 34 degrees while parts of the west will rise to 36 degrees.
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It comes as residents saw no reprieve through the night as temperatures remained in the mid to high 20s.
It won't be a record breaker today however the conditions still have authorities concerned.
Weatherzone said the temperatures won't be as hot but the west to northwesterly winds could be just as strong as a dry cold front sweeps across the state.
The extreme heat has sparked several bushfires in the state's west as Weatherzone said NSW is seeing its worst bushfire conditions since Black Summer.
Firefighters in the states west are battling an out-of-control blaze at Tambaroora, about 50km north of Bathurst, which is at a watch-and-act level.
Dozens of other grass and bushfires are burning across the state at an advice level.
Residents can find the latest warnings on the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
A total fire ban has also been implemented across the Central Ranges and Greater Hunter.
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But parts of north east NSW will see possibly severe thunderstorms with damaging winds today and tomorrow.
The Bureau of Meteorology said Tuesday will be the peak of the heat with some welcome reprieve sweeping through from Thursday onwards.
"The heat is likely to peak on Tuesday before milder conditions extend across the area on Thursday, further easing heatwave conditions," the bureau said.
Queensland won't escape the heat today either as Brisbane reaches up to 33 degrees while parts of the regions will hit up to 38 degrees.
Sydney sees hottest March day in 40 years
Yesterday's hot and windy conditions produced Bathurst's, in the NSW Central West, worst Fire Danger Index readings since the 2019 to 2020 Black Summer bushfires.
The smoke from the more than 40 fires that popped up yesterday could even be seen from satellite.
It came as the state saw stifling temperatures with Sydney Airport reaching 40.6 degrees – the hottest March day in 40 years.
"It is also the highest March temperature recorded in the Sydney Basin for 25 years," Weatherzone said yesterday.
Badgerys Creek reached 40.4 degrees which is the hottest March day in more than 27 years.
Penrith also saw its hottest March day in 25 years as the mercury pupped 40 degrees.
Rain and strong winds for other parts of Australia
But parts of the Top End will see opposite conditions as rain and flooding hits the Northern Territory and northern Queensland.
The bureau warned widespread ran and thunderstorms will hit parts of the Northern Territory, north west Queensland and the state's north tropical coast.
"Daily rainfall totals of 50 to 100 mm are likely, with isolated rainfall totals of 100 to 200 mm possible. Soils are saturated, meaning further rainfall will quickly impact river levels," the bureau said.
"Flood Watches are current for parts of the Top End, Central and Eastern Inland and Carpentaria coastal catchments, much of north-west QLD, and the North Tropical Coast of QLD."
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It is a similarly precarious situation in Australia's south as Tasmania experiences damaging wind gusts of up to 100 km/h.
"Gusty showers and thunderstorms during Tuesday morning will precede a strong cold front moving through Tasmania during the afternoon, bringing possibly damaging northwesterly wind gusts to western, northern and northeastern parts," the bureau said.
South Australia will see a shower or two today with temperatures in Adelaide hitting 21 degrees.
Perth will be sunny with wind gusts up to 35 km/h while temperatures reach 33 degrees.
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