Warmer temperatures are forecast to continue in the Illawarra through October as new heat records are set across the country.
Mostly clear days are forecast across the Illawarra region this weekend with temperatures in the low to mid-20s. There will be gusty winds about but they are not predicted to be as strong as those on Thursday.
On Saturday, Wollongong and Nowra can expect a top temperature of 24 degrees, Albion Park and Kiama will reach 25 degrees while visitors to Bowral for Tulip Time should pack a jacket with the forecast maximum expected to reach 20 degrees.
Meantime, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide are all likely to set records for September heat.
According to Weatherzone, Sydney is finishing off its hottest September in more than 150 years of records with the average maximum topping 24 degrees.
Weatherzone meteorologist Melissa Mackellar said Wollongong’s main weather station at Bellambi recorded the warmest September since records began in 1997.
The September 2013 average of 22 degrees is 1.9 degrees above average, while this month’s minimum average night time temperature of 14 degrees at Bellambi is 1.6 degrees above average.
Weatherzone forecasts October to be hot across the nation, with clear skies building heat across central Australia.
East coast areas are among those predicted to be the most likely to set new October records, as westerly winds continue to deliver the heat along the coast.