WA to face heatwave and flooding at the same time

WA to face heatwave and flooding at the same time
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Western Australia will be hit by a severe heatwave and flooding rain during the coming days, with Perth in line for a sweaty start to February.

A persistent high pressure ridge to the south of Western Australia will interact with a tropical low near the state’s north during the next several days.

This will cause hot easterly winds to flow towards the state’s western coastline, while heavy rain falls in the north, near the tropical low.

Persistently above-average temperatures will cause a severe heatwave along parts of the state’s west coast between now and at least the middle of next week.

Perth is forecast to reach 36-37C from this Sunday until next Wednesday. This heat should see the city round out its hottest January in five years based on daytime maximum temperatures.

The city is also forecast to see tops of 37C during the first three days of February, which would be Perth’s hottest trio of February days for five years.

The impending heatwave will cause a spike in fire danger ratings along the state’s west coast.

While hot weather grips western districts of WA over the next several days, heavy rain will cause flooding in the north.

, WA to face heatwave and flooding at the same time,
Western Australia will be hit by a severe heatwave and flooding rain during the coming days. (Weatherzone/Twitter)

The system is forecast to track close to the Pilbara coast on Monday and Tuesday and if it remains offshore it could develop into a Severe Tropical Cyclone.

This system will cause heavy rain over parts of the Kimberley, where a flood watch and severe weather warning have been issued.

Heavy rain could also spread into the Pilbara either this weekend or early next week as the low moves further west.

At this stage, it’s uncertain whether the low will remain over land or move out to sea as it travels towards the west. Some models suggest that it could move off the coast near Broome on Sunday, while others keep it over land into the beginning of next week.

If it does venture over open water, the low would be likely to gain strength and could become a tropical cyclone. However if it stays over land, it won’t become a tropical cyclone.

A cyclone watch remains in place for the coast and adjacent inland between Cape Leveque to Pardoo.

Anyone living in the Kimberley or Pilbara should closely monitor this developing typical low during the coming week.

Here’s your state-by-state weather forecast for Saturday January 30, 2021:

New South Wales and the ACT

Showers, cool-to-mild in the northeast. Showers, warm in the southeast. Clearing shower, very warm in the southwest. Mostly sunny, very warm in northwest.

Sydney will be cloudy with a medium chance of shower most likely during the early afternoon and evening, with a minimum of 20C and a maximum of 29C. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening.

Similar conditions are expected in Canberra with a low of 14C and top of 27C.

Clearing shower, cool-to-cold in the southwest. Showers easing, cool-to-mild in the southeast. Mostly sunny, warm in the northwest. Showers, warm in the northeast.

Melbourne will be cloudy with a minimum of 17C and maximum of 21C. Medium chance of morning showers about the Dandenongs, slight chance elsewhere.

While the threat of a severe thunderstorm has passed for most of the state, many place have copped a drenching overnight with some stations recording well over 100mm as of this morning.

  • Moroko Park: 144mm
  • Charnwood: 135mm
  • Mount Buffalo: 127mm
  • Strathbogie North: 123mm
  • Warrenbayne: 105mm

There is also a strong wind warning for Central Gippsland Coast and East Gippsland Coast today.

Showers, mild-to-warm in the southeast. Showers/storms, warm in the northeast, heavy in far north. Mostly sunny, hot in the west, isolated storms in far west.

Brisbane will be cloudy with a medium chance of showers, light winds and a maximum of 31C. Temperatures are likely to stay relatively warm with a minimum of 22C.

Heavy rainfall associated with the monsoon trough and an embedded tropical low east of the Cape York Peninsula will affect a large number of catchment areas today.

The rainfall is likely to be heaviest over northern parts of the Peninsula Forecast District.

Riverine flooding is likely within the Flood Watch area, particularly across northern parts of the Peninsula Forecast District extending southeast to around Port Douglas.

Localised flooding, isolation of communities and disruption to transport routes are likely within the Flood Watch area over the next few days.

Clearing shower, mild in the southeast. Mostly sunny, warmer in central. Windy, mild-to-warm in the west and north.

Adeliade will be partly cloudy morning then a mostly sunny afternoon. Temperatures are expected to range between 16C and a maximum of 26C.

Sunny, hot in the southwest. Mostly sunny, cool-to-mild in the south. Showers/storms warm-to-very warm in north. Windy with heavy rain in parts.

Perth will be sunny with a maximum of 35C forecast today. Gusts to 70km per hour about the hills in the morning.

Saturday Isolated showers, mild in the south. Clearing showers, mild-to-warm in the northwest. Heavy showers, warm in the northeast.

Lower Derwent for Saturday Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers, becoming less likely this morning. Daytime maximum temperatures between 19C and 25C.

Showers/storms, warm in the NW Top End. Late thunder, mild-to-warm in Arnhem. Mostly sunny, very warm over the interior. Late shower/storms, very warm-to-hot in the south.

, WA to face heatwave and flooding at the same time,

Darwin will be cloudy with a very high chance of rain, most likely in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm. Heavy falls possible about the Cox Peninsula.

Temperatures are forecast to range between 24C and 30C today in the city.

, WA to face heatwave and flooding at the same time,

– Reported with Weatherzone



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