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Gusty showers hit WA and Tasmania as extreme heat prompts fire warnings in the north

A sunny start to the weekend is in store for several of the state's capital cities today while Western Australia and Tasmania brace for a cold front.
Sydney, Melbourne and Birsbane are all in for a sunny Saturday today however a trough over eastern parts of WA, western South Australia and southern Northern Territory is generating showers and storms.
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Onshore winds are leading to a few light showers over the far north Queensland coast.
Clear and dry elsewhere under a high.
Here's the state-by-state forecast across Australia for Saturday October 3, 2020:


A slight to medium chance about the North Tropical Coast and the Southeast Coast. Mostly sunny elsewhere.


Winds light to moderate southeast to northeasterly winds, tending moderate to fresh near the northeast tropical coast. Winds in the southwest tending moderate northerly in the morning.
Coolangatta, Queensland. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images) (Getty)
Maximum and minimum temperatures near average, tending above average in the southwest. A top of 29C in Cooktown, Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton, a couple of degrees cooler in Brisbane, with highs of 27C.
Brisbane will be mostly sunny with a maximum of 27C despite the chance of fog patches in the west early this morning.
Fire Danger - Very High over the Peninsula, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt.

New South Wales & THE ACT

Dry and mostly sunny, apart from the chance of a shower in the northeast corner. Hot in the far west.
Daytime temperatures above average, most notably across the south. Tops of 28C in Newcastle and 25C in Canberra, Sydney and Port Macquarie.
Beach Parking at Maroubra. Story about busy beach car park for long weekend story. 2nd oct 2020. (Edwina Pickles)
Northeast to northwesterly winds, freshening in the far west and along the coast during the afternoon.
Sydney will experience patchy fog in the west early this morning and possible smoke haze, clearing to make way for a sunny day.
Temperatures in the city could reach a top of 25C this afternoon.
Similar conditions are expected in Canberra today with early morning fog and sun throughout the day.
The morning could start cold with a minimum of 6C in the ACT however the day will warm up with temperatures possibly reaching 25C.
Clovelly Warm weekend is planned for the lon. g weekend. 2nd oct 2020. (Edwina Pickles)


A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds is current for people in: Central, West and South Gippsland and parts of East Gippsland, South West, North Central and North East Forecast Districts.
Damaging northerly winds averaging 50 to 65 km/h with peak gusts up to 100 km/h, are forecast across eastern and central elevated areas (above 400 metres). Peak gusts may reach up to 110 km/h during Saturday morning.
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While damaging northerly winds, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts up to 90 km/h, are forecast across remaining parts of the warning area, mainly during Saturday morning and early afternoon. Peak gusts may reach up to 100 km/h during Saturday morning.
The risk of damaging winds will become confined to the eastern ranges (above 600 metres) by late afternoon. The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 am AEST.
Isolated showers developing over the southwest in the afternoon, tending to rain at night near the coast.
A person wearing a face-shield is seen in the Royal Botanic Gardens on September 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
A person wearing a face-shield is seen in the Royal Botanic Gardens on September 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty)
Dry and mostly sunny elsewhere, with cloud increasing in the west later. Warm to hot with fresh to strong north to northwesterly winds, shifting cooler southwesterly over the southwest district and central coasts during the afternoon and evening.
Melbourne will be mostly sunny with a minimum of 18C and top of 28C.
Fire Danger - Low-moderate, high in Gippsland


Rain developing, less likely about the northeast. Isolated thunderstorms in the northwest in the morning. The chance of morning fog in the north.
Fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds in the northeast in the morning, light mainly northwesterly winds otherwise.
A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds is in place for people in parts of North East and East Coast Forecast Districts.
Damaging northwesterly winds, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h, are possible across parts of northeastern Tasmania for Saturday morning. Wind gusts in-excess of 100 km/h are possible about high terrain. The damaging winds are expected to ease across northeastern Tasmania by early Saturday afternoon.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Fingal and Scamander. The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 am AEST.
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South Australia

Cloud increasing with a slight to medium chance of showers in the west and south, increasing to a high to very high chance of rain about western and southern coastal parts in the late afternoon and evening and into the west of the North West Pastoral district.
Possible gusty thunderstorms in the west and about Kangaroo Island.
Warm to hot - highs of 29C in Adelaide - with moderate to fresh and gusty northeast to northwesterly winds, ahead of a cooler, moderate to fresh southerly change extending across the west and south.
Adelaide will be partly cloudy with a medium chance of showers and a top of 29C.

Western Australia

Showers over the eastern and southern parts of the South West Land Division, southern and central Goldfields and Eucla. Showers and the chance of a thunderstorm over the north and east Kimberley, Interior, Goldfields, and Eucla.
Morning showers about the west coast south of Geraldton. Small hail possible near the south coast in the morning. Morning frost in the southwest Central Wheat Belt and the adjacent Great Southern.
A cool 18C in Perth and a hot 37C in Port Hedland, while overnight lows will dip down into single digits along the southwest coastline.
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A Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following fire weather districts: East Pilbara Coast, West Pilbara Coast, East Pilbara Inland, Exmouth Gulf Coast, Gascoyne Coast and South Interior.
Hot conditions with fresh and gusty south to southeasterly winds over the western Pilbara and Gascoyne, tending westerly over the eastern Pilbara and northwesterly over the South Interior.
Perth will be partly cloudy with a medium chance of showers near the coast, with temperatures ranging between 6C and 18C.
Western Australia has had its warmest September on record, with mean temperatures 2.3C above average.
The state's mean maximum temperature was 2.73C above average, which was the third-highest on record, while the mean minimum temperature was 1.87C above average, the highest on record for September.

Northern Territory

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms about the west and east coasts of the Top End and in the Lasseter District, increasing to a medium chance in the far southwest Lasseter District and near Wadeye.
Mostly sunny elsewhere before becoming partly cloudy in the Tanami District later in the day. Very hot across parts of the southern Simpson Districts. Tops of 37C in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, highs of 34C in Darwin.
Areas of raised dust in the southwest Lasseter District. Moderate east to northeast winds, tending moderate to fresh and gusty northeast to northwest south of Tennant Creek.
Fire Danger - High to Very High
ĘC Reported with Weatherzone and Bureau of Meteorology

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