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Inland NSW and QLD still baking in heat

Guy Dixon, Friday February 14, 2014 - 16:21 EDT

Despite the vast amounts of rainfall falling across the parched
southern parts of our continent, a hot air mass is still lingering
over western parts of New South Wales and Queensland.

A low pressure system laden with tropical moisture is continuing to
feed an associated trough over South Australia. Over the past few
days, this low and trough has broken up a lot of the heat which has
been lingering over central Australia. However, clear skies over
inland parts of NSW and QLD have allowed heat to continue to filter
into the region.

This trough is expected to continue moving east bringing significant
rain to western NSW, northern Victoria and into southwestern QLD over
the weekend. However, dry and gusty northwesterly winds ahead of this
trough are likely.

Over the past few days, areas in northwestern NSW and southwestern QLD
have seen maximum temperatures in the low forties, including 44
degrees in Birdsville and Thargomindah yesterday.

With this heat set to continue, gusty northerly winds in the order of
60-70 km/h ahead of the trough will result in a Very high to severe
fire danger rating.

As the low pressure trough continues east, much of QLD and NSW can
look forward to cooler conditions with some more rain giving the
region a drink.

Temperatures in the coming week will remain warm, around the high-
thirties, although significant heat is not expected in the near
future. A hot airmass will begin to build next week over Western
Australia's Interior, however there is no indication of this heat
returning to eastern parts of the nation in the coming fortnight.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2014

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