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Australia officially moved into spring on 1 September, in the north we've moved into the "build-up", the prelude to the wet season. Unfortunately the long range forecasts have predicted a late start to the wet season. That means without the rains temperatures will rise together with relative humidity and little chance of respite. Unless, of course, you're right on the coast and benefit from any sea breezes when they come in.

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Temperatures forecast to hit 38c in Adelaide on Thursday looks like some early season heat is on the way for parts of the south

A bit mixed at the moment but summer is about to arrive in spectacular fashion

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The 1st day of 2019 is going to be a hot one in Sydney expecting highs of around 30c and unbroken sunshine all day

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One report on Twitter says that Alice Springs has recorded its highest ever temperature today.  The BOM forecast for Alice is 45 and for Melbourne it is 42, which in Melbourne’s case they do reach every 3 to 5 years.

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1 hour ago, Chris W said:

One report on Twitter says that Alice Springs has recorded its highest ever temperature today.  The BOM forecast for Alice is 45 and for Melbourne it is 42, which in Melbourne’s case they do reach every 3 to 5 years.

114F in Alice Springs 

We should (hopefully) have official figures in by the morning UK time 

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Its been phenomenally hot across most of Australia for two-three weeks. Yep Alice Springs did indeed record its highest temperature - 45.6 - but this happened on December 29th, only to be equaled again yesterday, January 3rd.  The previous record was 45.2c in January 1960.  Alice's December record, previously 44.2,  was actually exceeded three days in a row late last month! Alice Springs AP has records since 1941.

The high daily anomalies across vast areas made it Australia's hottest December on record for average temperature.

Even though quite a number of individual locations in most states and the Northern Territory have broken daily records for December and now January, there have been no major ones to fall. Major as in highest temperature ever recorded in a state or territory for a month ( but it has got very close, like Western Australia's 49.3 at Marble Bar late last month). No capital city has really got close to their respective monthly records ( yet ).

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Melbourne had a rapid temperature drop going from a provisional high of 42.1c at 4pm to 21.3c at 5pm

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That would be an awesome relief, like the doctor in Perth! Except that in this case it is a front rather than a sea breeze.

Meanwhile in NZ we’ve been hitting 30 a few times this week, that’ll do nicely.

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Marble Bar in north-western Australia has hit 40c+ for 24 days in a row, including one day when a high of 49.3C/120.7F was recorded.

The heat is now spreading to major cities including Melbourne and the countries capital Canberra

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It's really hot this morning. Wednesday's forecast extreme maximums will be 49 in the state of South Australia, 47 in New South Wales and 45 in Victoria. These numbers are still about 2 degrees off the records for those states though, but individual locations and regions continue to break January daily records in what is turning out to be an unusually hot summer. 

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Marble Bar in NW Australia so far has a January average maximum of 45.1 ( +5.2 above average ), Alice Springs 900 miles away in the centre is 41.5 ( +5.2 ) and Canberra is 32.6 ( +4.5 ). So big anomalies stretching across the country up to the middle part of January. 

Canberra's forecast maximum of 41 for Wednesday is not too far off the record of 42.0 ( in 2013 ). 

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4 hours ago, Summer Sun said:

08:30 local time in Sydney and it's already 27.5c

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Do you live in Sydney now or are you on holiday? I moved to Sydney in October (lived here back in 2012) and forgot how extreme the weather gets. 49oC's in parts of Aus, overnight minimums of 34oC. 2 weekends ago, it was 36oC in Sydney at 9.45am! 

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It got to 41.6 in Canberra today, an equal record for January. All time record is in fact 42.2 in February 1968. Another go at the record tomorrow, forecast high of 41..

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