Thousands of Sydneysiders have flocked to the beach as an early blast of summer heats up much of Australia’s east coast.
Coogee Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs was packed with beachgoers of all ages soaking up the warm sunshine with similar scenes seen along the coastline at Bondi, Manly and Cronulla on Sunday.
Sydney’s CBD reached a top of 26C as the mercury rose to 34C at Penrith in the city’s west, while parts of western NSW sweltered through 40C-plus temperatures.
The Harbour City is set for another scorcher on Monday with the city forecast to reach a high of 33C.
Coogee Beach was packed to the rafters on Sunday as Sydneysider flocked to the beach to soak up the glorious sunshine
This woman ventured to Coogee Beach to finetune her hula hooping skills
Sunseekers flocked to Coogee to soak up the sunshine before the start of the working week
The mini-heatwave will be short-lived before a late cool change with a shower or thunderstorm before reaching a top of 23C on Tuesday.
Temperatures are set to soar again later in week with Friday forecast to reach a high of 31C.
The heatwave comes after weeks of unseasonable weather and wild conditions, which included one of the coldest November days on record earlier this month.
Bondi was so packed on Sunday that Waverley Council urged sunseekers heading there to consider other activities to ensure social distancing along the iconic shoreline.
‘If you arrive and it’s busy, head to one of our cafes, restaurants or shops. They need your support now more than ever,’ the council posted on Facebook.
Aerial patrols also began operating at 25 locations on Sydney’s northern beaches this weekend.
The initiative is aiming to stop beaches becoming too busy by monitoring crowd numbers and feeding the information back to the council.
Council and police will then make a decision on whether or not to restrict access to certain areas.
Data is then uploaded online, where residents can view information on the Beachsafe website and App to see if beaches are nearing capacity or if access is restricted.
Waverley Council posted this photo of a packed Bondi Beach on Sunday
Many parts of Australia will see temperatures soar on Monday. The places shaded in orange and red will feel the heat the most
There were similar scenes in Melbourne and Adelaide on Sunday, where the maximum temperatures reached 33 and 37C respectively.
Adelaide will receive a brief reprieve on Monday where the mercury will drop to 21C before increasing again to a top of 32C midweek.
Temperatures in Melbourne will plummet to 23C on Monday ahead of another mini-heatwave later in the week.
In the nation’s capital, Canberra is also soaking up the sunshine with 28C on Sunday and 29C forecast for Monday.
Elsewhere, Brisbane is also enjoying a blast of early summer with temperatures in the late 20s and low 30s forecast for the next week.
Coogee Beach (pictured on Sunday) is expected to be attract more crowds on Monday
While many beachgoers cooled off in the water at Coogee, others remained dry on land to soak up the sun (pictured)
Other Coogee beachgoers gathered on the nearby grass to sunbake and enjoy picnics
Those flocking to the beach in Sydney were urged to practice social distancing
In the Top End, temperatures in Darwin will remain humid in the mid-30s for much of the week.
Tasmania is one of the few places not feeling the heat as rain kept temperatures to just 20C in Hobart.
The city will warm up to 23C later this week before dropping to 19C by next weekend.
Conditions are also much cooler in the west with Perth reaching a top of 21C on Sunday.
Perth will warm up throughout the week before reaching a top of 28C on Friday.
Sydneysiders headed to the beach on Sunday as the city reached a high of 26C. Pictured are some of the large crowds at Coogee Beach
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
Sunday: Min 16 Max 22 Sunny
Monday: Min 18 Max 33 Sunny
Tuesday: Min 17 Max 21 Cloudy
Sunday: Min 12 Max 33 Shower or two
Monday: Min 14 Max 23 Showers
Tuesday: Min 11 Max 19 Partly cloudy
Sunday: Min 13 Max 21 Sunny
Monday: Min 15, Max 28 Shower
Tuesday: Min 10 Max 25 Mostly sunny
Sunday: Min 27 Max 35 Showers and possible storms
Monday: Min 25 Max 35 Showers and possible storms
Tuesday: Min 26 Max 35 Partly cloudy
Sunday: Min 20 Max 32 Sunny
Monday: Min 21, Max 32 Sunny
Tuesday: Min 21 Max 34 Cloudy
Sunday: Min 19 Max 28 Sunny
Monday: Min 13 Max 22 Sunny
Tuesday: Min 11 Max 24 Sunny
Sunday: Min 13 Max 21 Cloudy
Monday: Min 11, Max 25 Partly cloudy
Tuesday: Min 13 Max 23 Partly cloudy
Sunday: Min 12 Max 21 Shower
Monday: Min 13 Max 20 Showers
Tuesday: Min 10 Max 19 Partly cloudy
Source: Bureau of Meteorology