Australia’s ‘heat engine’ to crank up leading to soaring temperatures

Australia’s ‘heat engine’ to crank up leading to soaring temperatures

After a cool start to 2021 in the south and east, Australia’s “heat engine” is cranking back to life and that will lead to soaring temperatures in the coming days.

Melbourne has generally had mild weather during the New Year. But the mercury is creeping up and on Monday the city could top out at a scorching 37C.

Residents of Perth know all about that, it’s barely been below 30C in the Western Australian capital for weeks, but after a blistering Friday, a cool change should bring a brief respite.

In Queensland, drenching rains continue to fall bringing 200-300mm of moisture and the risk of flooding over the coming days.

“As we head into the weekend, the heat engine is finally switching back on due to a reduction in tropical activity over northern Australia,” said Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne.

“That will mean warm conditions across southern and eventually south eastern Australia. So, after a cool start to summer things are starting to ramp up.”


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