The sun rises on another scorcher at Manly. Photo: Nick Moir People try to beat the heat on Bondi Beach on Tuesday. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Heavy rain that has sparked damaging flash floods in central is being described as a once-in-a-half-century weather event by the Bureau of Meteorology. Photo: Parks
Heatwave projections for Thursday to Saturday. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology
After ideal weather over the Christmas weekend, Sydney’s heatwave is predicted to intensify over the next two days with a spike in temperatures and minimal chance of rainfall.
Wednesday is forecast to reach a maximum temperature of 30 degrees with only 5 per cent chance of showers, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Kim Westcott, a meteorologist at Weatherzone, also forecasts a humid morning for the Sydney area, although this is expected to abate as afternoon arrives.
The western suburbs will continue to swelter on Wednesday with mostly sunny skies and highs of 35 degrees.
Ms Westcott warns that “the northeasterly sea breeze will be light and won’t do much for cooling”. A high fire danger warning has been given for the entire Sydney basin.
Thursday is expected to bring a spike in temperatures with maximums of 37 degrees in Sydney and 39-40 degrees in the western suburbs with no chance of rainfall.
“It’s going to be a reasonably dry heat, with humidity levels of around 40 per cent,” Ms Westcott says.
The UV index is also predicted by the bureau to climb to 16 tomorrow, increasing the need for sun protection. The entire coast has been rated as experiencing “severe” or “extreme” heatwaves.
Weatherzone meteorologist Sam Terry predicts that the city is possibly facing its hottest final week of the year in the past half century.
A wave of tropics-like heat is moving into ‘s south-east, according to Mr Terry, the remnants of a tropical cyclone which has drenched the Red Centre and caused severe flooding at Uluru and Alice Springs.
Rainfall is not expected to reach Sydney until 2017, with the bureau forecasting likely showers from January 1-3.
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