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Extreme heatwave forces Melbourne to shut down major tram routes as city braces for three consecutive days above 35C

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 27/02/2019 Ben Hill For Daily Mail Australia

a public transit bus on a city street: Yarra Trams has cancelled services as a result and replaced them with buses due to the extreme heatwave affecting Victoria (stock image) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Yarra Trams has cancelled services as a result and replaced them with buses due to the extreme heatwave affecting Victoria (stock image) Tram services in Melbourne have been cancelled due to hot weather as scorching conditions are set to hit the city.

Melbourne will reach a high of 36C on Thursday, and temperatures are expected to exceed 35C on Friday and Saturday.

Yarra Trams has cancelled services as a result and replaced them with buses due to the extreme heatwave affecting Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Route 30 between St Vincent's Plaza and the Etihad Stadium in Docklands will not run and passengers are advised to catch alternate forms of transport.

Three other routes have also been disrupted by cancellations.

Passengers have been advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys around the city.  

A 'blocking high' on the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand is causing the intense heat.

Anti-clockwise winds are funnelling warm air from the desert into the southern states, news.com.au reported.

The fire danger in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania is 'very high' across all three states and 'severe' in some places. 

An 'extreme heatwave' warning has been issued by the South Australian State Emergency Services for Thursday. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned a 'severe intensity' heatwave will affect Melbourne, Adelaide and parts of Western Australia. 

a close up of a map: The fire danger in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania is 'very high' across all three states and 'severe' in some places. Extreme temperatures are pictured in red and purple © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The fire danger in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania is 'very high' across all three states and 'severe' in some places. Extreme temperatures are pictured in red and purple

Adelaide is expected to reach a high of 37C on Thursday before hitting a scorching 40C on Friday and Saturday.

Hobart will also feel the heat from Friday after an expected high of 27C on Thursday.

Temperatures of 35C and 37C are forecast for Friday and Saturday in Tasmania. 

Perth will have a humid and mostly sunny day on Thursday with cloud and possible fog early in the morning.

Meanwhile in Sydney, a high of 27C is expected with some patchy fog in the city's west.

Showers are possible in the morning with winds becoming light by the evening.

Brisbane will have showers on Thursday and east to southeasterly winds, reaching a high of 30C. 

Five day weather forecast 

SYDNEY 

Thursday: Max 27, partly cloudy

Friday: Min 20, Max 27, possible shower

Saturday: Min 20, Max 27, possible shower

Sunday: Min 19, Max 28, partly cloudy

Monday: Min 19, Max 28, partly cloudy

MELBOURNE

Thursday: Max 36, sunny

Friday: Min 24, Max 37, sunny

Saturday: Min 25, Max 36, sunny

Sunday: Min 25, Max 33, possible storm

Monday: Min 18, Max 25, partly cloudy

BRISBANE 

Thursday: Max 30, shower or two

Friday: Min 21, Max 30, shower or two

Saturday: Min 21, Max 29, shower or two

Sunday: Min 20, Max 30, shower or two

Monday: Min 21, Max 30, shower or two

CANBERRA 

Thursday: Max 31, mostly sunny

Friday: Min 14, Max 30, mostly sunny

Saturday: Min 14, Max 30, mostly sunny

Sunday: Min 13, Max 32, sunny

Monday: Min 15, Max 35, partly cloudy 

PERTH

Thursday: Max 27, humid and mostly sunny

Friday: Min 17, Max 23, partly cloudy

Saturday: Min 12, Max 27, sunny

Sunday: Min 15, Max 33, sunny

Monday: Min 20, Max 35, mostly sunny

ADELAIDE 

Thursday: Max 37, sunny

Friday: Min 24, Max 40, very hot and sunny

Saturday: Min 27, Max 40, very hot and mostly sunny

Sunday: Min 21, Max 31, partly cloudy

Monday: Min 17, Max 30, mostly sunny

HOBART 

Thursday: Max 27, partly cloudy

Friday: Min 16, Max 35, hot, partly cloudy

Saturday: Min 20, Max 37, very hot and sunny

Sunday: Min 19, Max 27, shower or two

Monday: Min 14, Max 25, partly cloudy

DARWIN 

Thursday: Max 33, shower or two, possible storm

Friday: Min 25, Max 33, shower or two, storm likely

Saturday: Min 25, Max 32, shower or two, storm likely 

Sunday: Min 25, Max 33, shower or two, storm likely

Monday: Min 25, Max 34, possible shower or  storm

Source: Bureau of Meteorology 

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