The most widespread heat in five years could grip parts of southern and eastern Australia next week.
A pool of hot air is set to sweep across the country from Monday to Wednesday, sending the mercury soaring across multiple states and territories.
Victorians who experience breathing difficulties or asthma have been advised to take extra care this evening, with a cool change and thunderstorms predicted for the state.
Eight people , putting emergency services and hospitals under strain as thousands of people experienced respiratory problems.
A burst of hazy heat enveloped Sydney on Friday, with temperatures just not letting up well into the evening.
A deepening low pressure trough ahead of a cool change transported heat from the hot interior over the last couple of days, leading to a hot airmass over much of the eastern parts of the country.
A spring storm outbreak is underway across parts of New South Wales this week, although the season has taken a while to get going this year.
Violent thunderstorms caused heavy rain, large hail and blustery winds in a number of districts during the last two days. For some areas, these have been some of the first big storms of the season.
With balmy days and thunderstorms on the cards, the next seven days will have a distinct summer-like feel throughout southeast Queensland.
Brisbane reached 34.4 degrees Saturday afternoon, its warmest day this early in November in over twenty years.
Perth is in for a torrid Saturday as temperatures soar close to 40 degrees. Dreaded northeasterly winds will drag inland heat towards the west coast of Australia at the beginning of the weekend, launching the mercury into oppressive territory around Perth.
New Zealand and Australia's 2016/17 Tropical Cyclone season officially begins on Tuesday this week.