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    Adelaide and Melbourne Cooler; Sydney Heating Up

    By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    December 21, 2013; 3:58 AM ET
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    While the heat relaxes near Adelaide and Melbourne, residents of New South Wales will feel the heat build into early next week.

    The temperature had increased each day this week in Adelaide, South Australia, reaching a high near 41 C (106 F) on Thursday.

    The temperature began to soar again on Friday, before the cold front arrived bringing some relief during the afternoon. The morning high reached 36 C (97 F) before falling into the upper 20s C (81-84 F).

    The 41C (106 F) high temperature reached on Thursday was the hottest day in Adelaide since mid-January.

    Cooler air will continue to filter into the Adelaide region through early next week.

    A man pours cold water over his head as he attempts to cool down at St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    In Melbourne, Victoria, the heat came and went quickly; however, Thursday was still the hottest day since January as the mercury soared to near 40 C (104 F).

    The cold front shifted winds onshore Friday, as temperatures fell from around 26 C (79 F) in the morning to a chilly 16 C (60 F).

    Temperatures will be more seasonable behind the front into early next week, although there can be some showers and even a thunderstorm over the weekend.

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    The heat built into Sydney on Friday with temperatures reaching 38 C (100 F). A brief cooldown is expected on Saturday as a strong flow off the ocean prevails. Winds will be offshore again Sunday and Monday pulling the scorching heat back to Sydney and neighboring areas once again.

    Suburbs farther inland will continue to feel the worst of the heat as temperatures are expected to approach 40 C (104 F). High temperatures in the city will be around 37 C (98 F) both Sunday and Monday.

    The cold front will bring the threat for a shower or thunderstorm by Monday night then cooler air to follow on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs around 27 C (80 F).

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