Summer's Swan SongTristan Meyers, Tuesday February 23, 2016 - 17:31 EDT
As we come to the close of a hot summer, mother nature is throwing one last heatwave across the state.
The west is already feeling the steamy temperatures - Bourke has had a run of 38 degree days or warmer since last Friday. This dry heat will make its way further south and east tomorrow and into Thursday. However, on Thursday a southwesterly change will impact the far south, bringing some cooling to places around Wagga Wagga in the afternoon.
As the change moves north over the state over Friday night, it will cause heat to consolidate to the far north, bringing 40-degree heat north of about the Coonamble area, and as far east as Tamworth. Even the northeast coast will heat up, although sea breezes will help in the afternoon to bring a bit of cooling whilst making it feel rather muggy.
From the weekend, heat will combine with moisture to start generating thunderstorms within the North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands, extending into parts of the Hunter, Central Tablelands and Central West Slopes and Plains.
Intense heat this late in summer doesn't happen very often. For parts of the state's south, including the Goulburn and Braidwood areas, this has the potential to be the latest heat spell this warm since 2004.
As we are moving out of summer we are likely to see the usual trend of cooling and increasingly wet weather. There are significant indications that mid-March is going to be wetter than usual, creating a sharp contrast to the current hot spell.
© Weatherzone 2016
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