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There’s an early start to summer today, with temperatures climbing across several states.

There's an early start to summer today, with temperatures climbing across several states.

A trough extending across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory, the northeast of South Australia and Queensland is triggering showers and storms, and directing heat to New South Wales and northern Victoria.

Another trough stretching from northwest WA to western SA is generating showers and storms.

A low crossing Tasmania is causing gusty rain.

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Low intensity-to-severe heatwave conditions will persist today for much of NSW, northeast SA, parts of the tropics and northwest WA.

While it is normal to see heatwaves around this time of year as the country waits for the monsoon to arrive, lately elevated heat across eastern parts of the country has been recorded as cold fronts have been forced closer to Antarctica.

Here is your state-by-state forecast for Friday, November 20, 2020:

New South Wales and the ACT

Mostly sunny, cool-to-mild in the northeast. Fog then sunny, warm in the southeast. Mostly sunny, hot in the west.

Sydney will be mostly sunny, with a low of 17C and a top of 29C.

A hot day is likely for much of the Sydney Basin. Western suburbs will reach the high 30s, but heating will be limited near the coast due a northeast wind. It will be humid across eastern parts of Sydney, making it feel around 3C hotter than what the mercury is showing.

Thunderstorms are a moderate chance, a higher chance for the Blue Mountains. A southerly change won't reach Sydney until late evening, meaning it will remain warm well in the evening. Penrith may still be around 30C at 7pm.

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There's a strong wind warning for Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.

Canberra will be sunny, with a low of 14C and a top of 32C.

Queensland

Showers, mild-to-warm in the southeast. Mostly sunny, very warm in the northeast. Mostly sunny, hot in the west.

Brisbane will see increasing sunshine, with a low of 19C and a top of 29C.

There's a strong wind warning for the Peninsula Coast and Cooktown Coast.

Victoria

Mostly sunny, very warm in the south. Mostly sunny, very warm-to-hot in the north.

Melbourne will be mostly sunny, with a low of 14C and a top of 32C.

There's a strong wind warning for the Central Coast, Central Gippsland Coast and East Gippsland Coast.

Tasmania

Late showers, warm in the southwest. Mostly cloudy, warm in the southeast. Late showers, cool-to-mild in the northwest. Mostly cloudy, mild in the northeast.

Hobart will be mostly sunny, with a low of 13C and a top of 21C.

There's a strong wind warning for the East of Flinders Island, Upper East Coast and Lower East Coast.

South Australia

Mostly cloudy, very warm in the southeast. Mostly sunny, very warm in central. Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the west. Mostly cloudy, hot in the north.

Adelaide will be mostly sunny, with a low of 14C and a top of 31C.

Western Australia

Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the southwest and south. Mostly sunny, very warm in the northwest. Late shower, hot in the northeast.

Perth will be mostly sunny, with a low of 14C and a top of 26C.

There's a strong wind warning for Ningaloo Coast, Gascoyne Coast and Eucla Coast.

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Northern territory

Late showers, very warm in the NW Top End. Mostly sunny, very warm in Arnhem. Mostly sunny, hot over the interior and south.

Darwin will be mostly sunny, with a low of 27C and a top of 35C.

– Reported with Weatherzone

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-forecast-australia-nsw-sa-wa-heatwave-conditions-weatherzone/c8a3d312-b346-49fe-a6b1-a421981c4e76

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