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Severe heatwave warning for parts of SA as state sizzles

Severe weather conditions will impact regions including the Flinders, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral Districts.

South Australia is gearing up for a sweltering week ahead as an extreme heatwave, which recently affected parts of Western Australia, makes its way across the country.

Severe weather conditions will impact regions including the Flinders, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral Districts.

In response to the impending heatwave, residents are advised to seek cool places, such as homes, community centres, or shopping centres, and to draw blinds or curtains early in the day to keep homes cool.

The South Australia State Emergency Service has emphasised the dangers of extreme heatwaves, particularly for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, infants, and those with medical conditions.

Areas likely to be most affected include APY Lands, Coober Pedy, Hawker, Jamestown, Leigh Creek, Moomba, Marree, Oodnadatta, Oak Valley, and Roxby Downs.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and Weatherzone maps show that about a third of Australia will experience temperatures of 44°C or higher.

In Oodnadatta, temperatures are forecast to reach between 44°C and 46°C from Tuesday to Friday. Several other locations in South Australia are expected to hit 47°C at least once during the week.

Adelaide is set to face the heat midweek, with maximum temperatures of 32°C on both Wednesday and Thursday. However, relief is expected by the weekend with rain and a significant temperature drop.

Residents and visitors are urged to stay hydrated, avoid strenuous outdoor activities during peak heat hours, and keep an eye on vulnerable family members and neighbours.

Adelaide Forecast

  • Wednesday (6th December): Partly cloudy with a minimal 5% chance of rain. Southeasterly winds of 15 to 25 km/h are expected. Extreme UV levels are forecasted, so sun protection is recommended from 8:50 am to 5:20 pm.
  • Thursday (7th December): Similar conditions continue with partly cloudy skies and a 5% chance of rain. Winds will be southeasterly at 15 to 20 km/h, becoming light in the evening. Extreme UV levels, so sun protection is advised from 8:50 am to 5:10 pm.
  • Friday (8th December): Partly cloudy with a medium chance (60%) of showers, likely in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming southeast to southwesterly at 15 to 25 km/h. Very high UV index, so sun protection is recommended from 9:00 am to 5:10 pm.
  • Saturday (9th December): Partly cloudy with a medium chance (60%) of showers. Southerly winds of 20 to 30 km/h are expected.
  • Sunday (10th December): The day will be partly cloudy with a medium chance (40%) of showers and south to southeasterly winds of 25 to 35 km/h.
  • Monday (11th December): Continuing the trend, it will be partly cloudy with a medium chance (40%) of showers and similar south to southeasterly winds of 25 to 35 km/h.

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