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    Western Australia Sizzles, Adelaide and Melbourne Are Next

    January 01, 2013, 4:40:36 AM EST

    Perth, Australia, cooled Tuesday, following a week of blistering heat, which was now turning eastward.

    The worst of the heat, having temperatures of 100 to perhaps 110 degrees, will reach Adelaide on Thursday, then will shift to Melbourne on Friday.

    Seven straight days as of Monday resulted in high temperatures near and above 100 degrees F in the Western Australia state capital. Readings Monday were tops, with highs to 108 degrees F in Perth city and at the Perth Airport.

    New Year's Day, the focus for blistering heat shifted east and south, with readings topping at 114 degrees F in the south shore town of Esperance.

    Golden Milers in Kalgoorlie withstood 111-degree heat, and highs of 110 degrees were set right the way east to Moomba and Marree in South Australia.

    At Forrest, Western Australia, the relative humidity dove to 1 percent as the temperature soared to 112 degrees.

    Wednesday and Thursday, blistering heat will sear the Nullarbor Plain, reaching right to the Great Australian Bight. The city of Adelaide, South Australia, could break above 100 degrees either of these days.

    Hot northwesterly "brickfielder" winds will drive the heat into Melbourne in Friday, lifting the temperature to about 105 degrees.


    Computer-generated forecast of high temperature for Friday afternoon, Jan. 4, 2013. See that 100-degree F heat is forecast to cover maybe half of the continent. Highs of 100 to at least 110 degrees F are forecast for much of South Australia and Australia, including the cities of Adelaide and Melbourne.

    Prospects of searing heat and dry winds will likely leave many Victoria state residents on edge, this being the heart of the summer fire season.

    Following the worst of the heat, onshore winds will temporarily trim temperatures at Adelaide and Melbourne. However, a vast swathe of the interior will continue to swelter, allowing the withering heat to reload for another swipe at the two major southern cities.

    Sydney residents and other east-coasters may escape this massive heat wave, thanks to steadfast sea breezes.

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