"Temperatures are expected to soar more than 8C above average along Australia’s
east coast this weekend.
On Sunday, Sydney – where the NRL and NRLW grand final clashes will take place
– could reach a maximum of 35C, making it the hottest day that an NRL grand
final match has been played in history. The last hottest conditions for an NRL
grand final was in 2014 at 34.7C.
On Saturday, most of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria will
experience temperatures 8C above average for the month September. In the far
west of Victoria and the south-west of NSW the temperature could climb by 12C,
the Bureau of Meteorology’s senior meteorologist, Angus Hines, said.
In Melbourne, where fans of the AFL will be out in force for the grand final
match, Hines said punters could expect a high of 29C.
“The AFL grand final is on Saturday afternoon right at the peak of the heat, so
a little uncomfortable perhaps for the players out there in the 29C sunshine,”
“I believe it is one of the top five warmest grand final days we have on
The high temperatures are due to a north-westerly wind dragging hot air from a
heat bubble that has built up in Western Australia to the east coast, Hines
said. But hotter than average ocean temperatures globally are also driving the
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