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Australia Braces For Heatwave As Temperatures, Fire Danger Set To Soar

A mid-week heatwave will see temperatures climb to 40 degrees and severe fire danger revived in parts of Australia.

Brisbane, Melbourne, Darwin and Canberra will peak in the mid 30s this week, while Adelaide will bear the brunt of the mid-week heatwave, reaching a sizzling 42 degrees on Wednesday.

Sydney's hottest day will be Tuesday, with an expected top of 37C and temperatures moving between the mid and high 20s for the rest of the week.

The mid-week heatwave will travel east from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia which peaked at almost 45 degrees on Sunday -- the city's hottest November day since 1939.

While the weekend brought showers for some parts of New South Wales and Queensland, smoldering conditions are forecast for this week.

A heatwave is expected to hit parts of Australia this week. Image: Getty

Queensland is expected to be see elevated fire danger for the next few weeks, with 70 fires currently burning across the state.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said most of the state will experience high and very high fire conditions this weekend.

The Granite Belt and Darling Downs in Queensland are expected to reach severe conditions today and extreme conditions tomorrow.

New South Wales will not be spared as strong winds and hot temperatures are forecast, exacerbating the fire risk.

The NSW Rural Fire Service expects very high fire danger for the Greater Hunter, New England, Illawarra region and Central Ranges.

Strong wind warnings have also been issued for NSW in Byron Bay, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast and Eden Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an extreme fire warning for Western Australia's East Pilbara Coast, exacerbated by gusty winds.

Severe fire danger has been forecast for the West Pilbara Coast, East Pilbara Inland, Goldfield and Inland Central West.

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