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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 hea

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

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

Sleepy celebrations: revellers flocked to the beach to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day

Australian capital city forecasts 

ADELAIDE

Saturday: Partly cloudy, max 34

Sunday: Mostly sunny, min 20, max 29

Monday: Mostly sunny, min 13, max 26

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, min 12, max 25

MELBOURNE

Saturday: Partly cloudy, max 37

Sunday: Partly cloudy, min 20, max 28

Monday: Partly cloudy, min 16, max 21

Tuesday: Cloudy, min 15, max 23

HOBART

Saturday: Partly cloudy, max 26

Sunday: Showers, min 16, max 22

Monday: Partly cloudy, min 12, max 21

Tuesday: Cloudy, min 13, max 20

SYDNEY

Saturday: Mostly sunny, max 29

Sunday: Mostly sunny, min 21, max 30

Monday: Mostly sunny, min 21, max 29

Tuesday: Shower or two, min 21, max 29 

 CANBERRA 

Saturday: mostly sunny, max 31

Sunday: Mostly sunny, min 15, max 33

Monday: Possible shower, min 16, max 30

Tuesday: Cloudy, min 15, max 27 

BRISBANE

Saturday: Showers, max 27

Sunday: Possible shower, min 20, max 30

Monday: Partly cloudy, min 20, max 31

Tuesday: Shower or two, min 22, max 32

DARWIN

Saturday: Possible shower, max 33

Sunday: Possible storm, min 27, max 33

Monday: Possible shower or storm, min 27, max 33

Tuesday: Shower or two, possible storm, min 27, max 33

 PERTH

Saturday: Sunny, max30

Sunday: Sunny, min 17, max 33

Monday: Sunny, min 21, max 37

Tuesday: Sunny, min 21, max 36

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