The Illawarra’s run of hot weather will come to an end, for now, replaced by two days of potentially heavy rainfall.
The mercury climbed to 33 degrees at Albion Park on Monday, delivering the inland suburb its third day straight of temperatures above 32 degrees.
Conditions were slightly cooler at Bellambi, with a maximum of 28 degrees.
Monday’s coastal conditions were a welcome reprieve from the weekend’s top temperatures in the low 30s, although high humidity made it feel even hotter.
Looking ahead, there’s a very-high chance of rain in Wollongong on Tuesday and Wednesday, with heavy falls possible on both days, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
The bureau says 20 to 35 millimetres could fall in the city on Tuesday and between 10 to 30 millimetres on Wednesday.
The heat returns on Thursday, with temperatures climbing to 33 degrees in Wollongong and 36 at Albion Park on Friday.