Canberra bakes through hottest days in yearsMellissa Mackellar, Sunday January 6, 2013 - 14:29 EDT
Canberra has been baking through its hottest weather in years, with more hot days to come.
Canberra reached 40.1 degrees on Saturday, their hottest day since February 2009 and their hottest January day in six years. Extreme heat also coupled with relative humidities as low as 17%, leading to elevated fire danger throughout the ACT.
Thunderstorms rolled through during the early evening delivering 9mm of rain, while there were reports of marble-sized hail at Theodore. This caused it to drop by 12 degrees in one hour, bringing welcome relief to locals.
But the relief was only fleeting and the nation's capital is having another blazing hot day. It had already tipped 30 degrees by 11am on Sunday before climbing to 36 degrees by 2pm, making it the hottest three days in as many years. A top in the high 30s expected this afternoon, with a chance of cooling showers and thunderstorms again.
The week ahead is also looking hot. After a top of about 33 degrees on Monday it is forecast to reach the high 30s on Tuesday ahead of a weak change that will only bring slightly cooler days for the middle of the week. Another burst of heat should arrive around Friday, pushing the mercury into the high 30s once again.
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