According to latest forecasts, Australia will experience a heat wave this Labor Day weekend.
News.com.au reports that a high pressure system is moving “slowly over the south east of Australia bringing with it hot winds and the summer sunshine.”
The heat wave is expected to last for four days.
For the month of October, the site mentions that the average maximum temperature in Sydney is 22.1 degrees.
Sydney and Adelaide is likely to experience 30 plus degrees over the weekend. Meanwhile, the temperature for Melbourne will likely be from 20 plus to early 30 degrees, according to forecast predictions.
Chris Webb, from the Bureau of Meteorology, told the site to “prepare for the sunshine” this Labor Day weekend.
Webb said, “Right across the long weekend we are expecting mostly sunny conditions and there shouldn’t be much cloud.”
Bureau of Meteorology Senior Climatologist Agata Imielska told News.com.au that the high temperature was unusual but Australia “will have them for a prolonged period of time.”
Imielska said, “Currently Sydney is forecast to have four days of 30 degrees. We have only had two instances of four consecutive days of 30 degrees and above around October. It’s not unusual to get warm temperatures (this time of year) but certainly getting four days in a row is quite significant.”
The senior climatologist mentioned on the site that the high pressure system could be an effect of the El Niño. She explained that “of the last 26 El Ninos, 17 brought widespread drought to Australia.”
Likewise, Imielska admitted that such occurrence was not always the same case.
“Basically we have an elevated risk of drought and although historically not every El Nino has resulted in drought,” said Imielska.
Although people are excited for the barbecue weather, Western Australia is experiencing too much heat, as mentioned in another News.com.au report. It has been issued warnings for “catastrophic fire conditions.”
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) notes that “if a fire starts and takes hold, it will be extremely difficult to control.”