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Scorching heat over central Australia

Rob Sharpe, Tuesday November 20, 2012 - 14:17 EDT

Central Australia is heating up and bringing the risk of hot days for the state's capitals for the next couple of weeks.

Adelaide is experiencing hot temperatures in the mid thirties today, while in central Australia a number of locations are tipping 40 degrees. Bourketown in Queensland reached its hottest temperature of the year and its hottest November temperature in six years.

Adelaide's heat will only be brief due to a trough bringing a cool change this afternoon. Central Australia is not so fortunate as Birdsville and Alice Springs are among many locations likely to go beyond 40 degrees multiple times in the next week.

Birdsville is likely to start a week long run of days above above 40 degrees tomorrow. On Sunday and Monday the mercury should reach the mid 40's and provide the town's hottest November days in three years.

Alice Springs will top out near 40 degrees each day this week and threaten to bring its hottest November day in three years on Saturday.

Heat over central Australia is the source of hot days on Australia's coast. Favourable weather patterns are what direct this heat to the coast.

South Australia is experiencing one of these weather patterns today with northerlies winds filtering heat towards the coast ahead of a trough. This has brought Adelaide's hottest day since February.

On the weekend another trough will direct interior heat towards the country's southern and eastern coastlines. This round of heating is likely to bring one or two hot days to Adelaide, Melbourne and western Sydney between Saturday and Monday.

- Weatherzone

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