Australia is bringing in the new year with some summer sun as temperatures heat up nationwide – but cooler temperatures on the way for Melbourne.
Aussies celebrated New Year’s Day by heading to the beaches with most states reporting sunny weather.
Sydneysiders enjoyed a hot and humid day on Saturday with temperatures reaching 29C and fine conditions.
The heat will stay for the rest of the week as temperatures are predicted to sit in the comfortable 20s – however on Tuesday the city is expected to see some rain and raised humidity.
A woman cooled off after soaking sun the Sydney sun at the beach as temperatures sit comfortably in the twenties
People flocked to the beach to cool off from the heat and celebrate the arrival of the new year
Swimmers resembled flamingos as they headed to the beach for their first swim of the year
Melbourne is finally set to cool down as the heatwave is predicted to ease off in the coming week with a predicted 10C drop on Sunday.
Melburnians also flocked for the water on Saturday with temperatures reported up to 37C.
However, the rest of the week is looking much cooler with a maximum temperature of 21C expected on Monday.
Queensland will bring in the new year with a bang as residents prepare for a cyclone in the state’s tropical north.
Tropical cyclone Seth (category two) will bring rain to Queensland’s coast as it heads southeast at 17 kilometres per hour
Revellers chat and hide under an umbrella to escape the rain while celebrating the new year in Sydney
Tropical cyclone Seth (category two) was discovered early Saturday morning 690 km east of Mackay and 570 km east northeast of Yeppoon.
The cyclone is moving southeast at 17 kilometres per hour but is not expected to directly affect the coastline.
South Australia and the ACT will experience a similar weather pattern to Melbourne – Adelaide will reach 37C on Saturday with only a five per cent chance of any rain.
People were seen jumping off the pier at St Kilda beach to cool off during Melbourne’s heatwave
People flocked to popular beaches to enjoy the sunny weather and bring in the new year
Beachgoers were seen swimming and playing games while they soaked up the summer sun
Canberra can expect a mostly sunny day and 31C on Saturday as cooler days and a possible shower on Thursday predicted to follow later in the week.
Hobart will welcome the new year with a partly cloudy day and maximum of 26C on Saturday with temperatures dropping through the week.
In the west, Perth welcomed a more bearable 29C on Saturday and a mostly sunny day, a welcome change after experiencing four consecutive days over 40C at Christmas.
It is expected to heat up again, however, with 37C predicted for Monday.
A woman went running as people made the most of the sunshine on the celebratory weekend
Australia’s famous beaches were packed as locals headed to the shores to enjoy the heat
The Australian city with the most predictable weather at this time of year, Darwin, reached 33C New Year’s Day with a possible shower or storm forecast during the day.
Australia continues to experience La Niña conditions, combined with effects of the monsoon season, at least in the country’s north.
That generally means wetter, more changeable weather, despite the stable pattern in Australia’s south-east in the coming days.
People cooled off in the water from the summer heat and made the most of their local beaches
Sleepy celebrations: revellers flocked to the beach to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day