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It's so hot the weather map has turned black! Australia swelters in hottest heatwave since World War II as temperatures are expected to soar to 46C next week

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 19/01/2019 Holly Hales and Lauren Ferri For Daily Mail Australia
It's so hot the weather map has turned black! Australia swelters in hottest heatwave since World War II as temperatures are expected to soar to 46C next week © Daily Mail It's so hot the weather map has turned black! Australia swelters in hottest heatwave since World War II as temperatures are expected to soar to 46C next week

Australia's weather maps have turned black in places as the country remains in the grips of the most extreme heat since World War II. 

Sweltering conditions have plagued the east coast since Tuesday, with temperatures in New South Wales exceeding 41C for most of the week. 

In a stark visual reminder of its severity, a weather map showed much of the country's east as black and purple - signifying soaring temperatures.     

a group of people on a beach near a body of water: Sweltering conditions have plagued the east coast since Tuesday, with temperatures in New South Wales exceeding 41C for most of the week © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sweltering conditions have plagued the east coast since Tuesday, with temperatures in New South Wales exceeding 41C for most of the week

While Sydneysiders may feel some temperate reprieve over the weekend, the scorcher is set to return by Monday and reach its peak days later. 

Port Augusta in South Australia will once again be among the hottest places on earth with the coastal town set to reach a steamy 46C on Thursday. 

Sydney's temperatures will hover around 30C all week while Melbourne's peak is forecast at 34C on Thursday. 

Adelaidians are set to bake with highs of 40C while Perth's residents should see reprieve thanks to consistent weather in the mid to high 20s. 

Thousands of people flocked to the country's picturesque beaches during the week in a bid to escape the scorching heat. 

The hot weather proved to be too much for the Okley Highway near Wauchope, a town in the mid north coast region of NSW, where the bitumen was pictured melting under the blistering sun. 

a train is parked on the side of a road: Motorists were warned of the deteriorating surface (pictured) on Thursday as an image posted online showed the tar beginning to melt © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Motorists were warned of the deteriorating surface (pictured) on Thursday as an image posted online showed the tar beginning to melt

Walcha Council, covering the far south-eastern corner of the New England region, told The Macleay Argus they would use a water cart to cool the road down.

A Roads and Maritime Service statement acknowledged water was scarce in drought-stricken NSW, but was needed on the bitumen 'to ensure the safety of motorists and keep the road open'. 

a close up of a street: Walcha Council, which covers the far south-eastern corner of the New England region, told The Macleay Argus they would use a water cart to cool the road down © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Walcha Council, which covers the far south-eastern corner of the New England region, told The Macleay Argus they would use a water cart to cool the road down

Playgrounds were also becoming dangerous, with the metal equipment too hot for children to play on.

Mother Nicky Tongapijit told ABC News she could not risk her kids playing on the scorching slides and other equipment.

'It's very hot, [the slide] is going to burn their bum,' she said.

'I just want some more roofs for them to play under.'

Sydney had sweltered through temperatures of over 40C for five days, for the first time in eight years. 

The last time Australia experienced a heatwave like this week was in 1939. 

a person standing on a beach: Sydney has sweltered through temperatures of over 40C for five days, for the first time in 80 years © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sydney has sweltered through temperatures of over 40C for five days, for the first time in 80 years

'When looking at average maximum temperatures across New South Wales, it is likely this will be the most significant heat event since 1939,' a Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia. 

'...we're only talking about NSW (not Australia), and these are maximum temperatures averaged across the state – some areas haven't been impacted by the heat as much.'

By midday on Wednesday, the mercury had soared beyond 45C across much of NSW's central west and at 3pm Wilcannia, Mulurulu, Ivanhoe and Hay topped 47C.

The country is experiencing slight relief over the weekend with temperatures taking a slight dip, but a second heatwave will begin making its way across the country on Monday. 

Perth will be the first to experience soaring temperatures before it gradually makes its way to the country’s east.

a group of people on a beach: Lucky punters managed to get themselves to Bondi Beach to cool off during the sweaty weather © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lucky punters managed to get themselves to Bondi Beach to cool off during the sweaty weather

Head of climate monitoring at the Bureau, Dr Karl Braganza, said the lack of rain in 2017 and 2018 has led to the drought conditions across Australia.

'This drought sits alongside historic droughts, like the Federation Drought, the World War II drought and the drought period in the 1960s,' Dr Braganza told the ABC.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Diana Eadie said temperatures climbed eight to 12C higher than average this week.

'We've already seen some January maximum temperature records fall and we're likely to see many more before this event is over.

'The humidity and 'feels like' temperature will make for really oppressive conditions.'

a man standing on a beach:  Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Diana Eadie said 'severe to extreme heatwave temperatures are expected to persist across most of the country' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited  Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Diana Eadie said 'severe to extreme heatwave temperatures are expected to persist across most of the country'

AUSTRALIA'S FORECAST: THE WEEK AHEAD IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY      

SUNDAY: Min 21, Max 27, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 22, Max 28, Partly cloudy

TUESDAY: Min 22, Max 31, Mostly sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 23, Max 30, Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 21, Max 26, Cloudy

a group of people in a pool of water: Sweltering conditions had plagued the country's east coast since Tuesday, with temperatures in New South Wales exceeding 41C for most of the week © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sweltering conditions had plagued the country's east coast since Tuesday, with temperatures in New South Wales exceeding 41C for most of the week

CANBERRA 

SUNDAY: Min 15 ,Max 33, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 16, Max 34, Partly cloudy

TUESDAY: Min 19, Max 36, Partly cloudy

WEDNESDAY: Min 19, Max 35, Possible shower

THURSDAY: Min 16, Max 28, Partly cloudy

a group of people on a beach: Sydney is set to reach a top of 33C on Friday and Adelaide will sweat through 32C © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sydney is set to reach a top of 33C on Friday and Adelaide will sweat through 32C

PERTH  

SUNDAY: Min 22, Max 40, Very hot and sunny

MONDAY: Min 20, Max 33, Sunny

TUESDAY: Min 19, Max 29, Sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 17, Max 25, Windy, Cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 13, Max 24, Partly cloudy

BRISBANE  

SUNDAY: Min 21, Max 33, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 23, Max 32, Partly cloudy

TUESDAY: Min 23, Max 32, Partly cloudy

WEDNESDAY: Min 22, Max 33, Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 22, Max 34, Partly cloudy

a person standing on a beach: Two women took to Bondi Beach during the intense weather over the last week, before a cooling off period hits on the weekend © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Two women took to Bondi Beach during the intense weather over the last week, before a cooling off period hits on the weekend

MELBOURNE  

SUNDAY: Min 17, Max 22, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 17, Max 29, Partly cloudy

TUESDAY: Min 19, Max 31, Mostly sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 19, Max 28, Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 18, Max 35, Sunny

ADELAIDE  

SUNDAY: Min 16, Max 32, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 19, Max 36, Mostly sunny

TUESDAY: Min 21, Max 38, Very hot and sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 23, Max 39, Very hot and sunny

THURSDAY: Min 24, Max 42, Very hot and mostly sunny

a group of people on a beach: An overall of 27 towns in NSW and ACT suffered through the roasting temperatures on Thursday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An overall of 27 towns in NSW and ACT suffered through the roasting temperatures on Thursday

HOBART  

SUNDAY: Min 15, Max 27, Sunny

MONDAY: Min 15, Max 28, Sunny

TUESDAY: Min 15, Max 29, Sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 14, Max 20, Shower or two clearing

THURSDAY: Min 15, Max 29 ,Sunny

DARWIN  

SUNDAY: Min 25, Max 33, Shower or two, Possible storm

MONDAY: Min 25, Max 33, Shower or two, Possible storm

TUESDAY: Min 25, Max 33, Shower or two, Possible storm

WEDNESDAY: Min 26, Max 33, Shower or two, Storm

THURSDAY: Min 25, Max 31, Rain, Possible storm

 Source: Bureau of Meterology

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