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Record challenging May heat spreading east

Ben Domensino, Wednesday May 2, 2018 - 22:06 AEST

Parts of central and eastern Australia could challenge May heat records on Thursday as an unseasonably warm air mass spread over the region.

Warm northerly winds ahead of an approaching low pressure trough will cause temperatures to climb 8-10 degrees above average in parts of Victoria, NSW, the ACT and central Australia.

In Victoria, Wangaratta's forecast top of 28 degrees on Thursday would exceed its May record of 27.9 degrees from 1988.

Canberra is expected to reach 24 degrees, which is close to its May record of 24.5 degrees from 1967.

Highs of 29 degrees are tipped in western Sydney on Thursday, which may challenge Richmond‚??s May record of 30 degrees from 1958. The city's 27 degrees is unlikely to cause any issues for its May record, which is also 30 degrees, from 1919.

Further north and much further inland, Birdsville in southwest Queensland is forecast to reach 34 degrees on Thursday. While this is almost 10 degrees above average for May, it‚??s unlikely to challenge the town's record of 37.8 from 1958.

Also in the red centre, Alice Springs is forecast to reach 34 degrees under the late-autumn sun on Thursday afternoon. This is less than a degree shy of Alice Springs Airport's May record of 35 degrees from 1942.

The unusual May heat follows Australia's warmest April on record in terms of maximum temperatures.

- Weatherzone

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