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The Guardian - AU
The Guardian - AU
Cait Kelly

High temperatures and sunny weather headed for NSW, with parts reaching 40C

Bronte beach, Sydney
Bronte beach, Sydney. Temperatures are forecast to reach the high 20s for the city over the weekend. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

New South Wales is expected to swelter through high temperatures in the coming days, with some parts of the state forecast to nudge over 40C.

The mercury expected to top 30C across Sydney over the weekend, before rising again on Monday.

“It’s a burst of warm and sunny weather, which will feel warmer because we’ve had a couple of very cool cloudy, wet summers,” Dean Narramore, a senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said.

“In the city, the weekend will be kind of mild to warm, getting into the high 20s and around 30C for western suburbs on Sunday, but around the high 20s for Sydney city itself,” he said.

“Then it will really warm up on Monday. Temperatures in the city are forecast to hit 35C on Monday around Sydney and probably even hotter in some of the western suburbs.”

Penrith and Richmond will be the hottest suburbs in Sydney on Monday, topping 38C, while beachgoers at Bondi can expect to enjoy a balmy 33C day, he said. The city can expect to stay warm across most of next week, with a cool change expected to arrive on Thursday.

But beachgoers may want to check the conditions of the water before they head to the beach, with Randwick council warning of an algal bloom.

“There is currently an algal bloom affecting our coastline from Coogee to South Maroubra,” it said on Thursday evening.

On Friday the algae had started to dissipate, but the council was warning beachgoers not to swim in it as it can cause skin irritation.

Narramore said the high temperatures would hit the north-west of the state this weekend before moving east early next week.

“Looking at western and northern New South Wales on Sunday and Monday, out towards Broken Hill, Tibooburra and Bourke areas, they can see temperatures into the 40s,” he said.

“Even in some parts of eastern New South Wales, we can see temperatures at least in the mid- to high-30s.”

The hot weather will bring with it elevated fire danger warnings for inland NSW, he said.

“We could see the high possibility of extreme fire danger for inland parts of New South Wales on Monday. That probably coincides with the strongest winds and the hottest temperatures.”

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