New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:30 am EDT on Friday 22 January 2021.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge to the northern New South Wales coast, whilst a low pressure trough lies over western New South Wales. The combination of the high and inland trough will draw a hot airmass across New South Wales, developing heatwave conditions across southern and central districts for the weekend and into early next week. Respite from the heat is expected across southern parts of the State during the middle of next week.

Forecast for the rest of Friday

Possible showers or thunderstorms across central and northern parts of the inland extending to most of the ranges and parts of the adjacent coast during the afternoon and evening. Hot, dry and sunny across the far west and south. Daytime temperatures well above average, most notably across the southern coast and southern inland. Temperatures tending a little below average about the northwestern slopes. Northwest to northeasterly winds turning southwesterly in the far southwest. Northeasterly winds freshening along the coast in the afternoon.

Fire Danger - Very High in the Monaro Alpine, Southern Slopes, Eastern Riverina and Southern Riverina fire areas.

Saturday 23 January

Hot to very hot, dry and sunny, apart from the chance of a shower or thunderstorm about the northern ranges. Temperatures well above average, most notably along the southern and central coasts and southern inland. Northeast to northwesterly winds, turning south to southwesterly across the southwest. Winds freshening along the coast in the afternoon.

Sunday 24 January

Hot to very hot, mostly dry and sunny. Temperatures well above average, particularly across southern parts. Northeast to northwesterly winds, freshening along the coast in the afternoon.

Monday 25 January

Hot to very hot, mostly dry and sunny in the east, and partly cloudy in the west. Temperatures well above average, particularly across southern parts. Moderate to fresh northeast to northwest winds, ahead of a late, cooler westerly change in the west.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EDT Friday.

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