Aussie weatherman Mark Walshe has been on a whirlwind tour of the country, talking to people about the dangers of heat waves and storms, and asking what they need to know before they set off for their next adventure.
The ABC’s Mark Watshe has travelled to Australia to hear what people need to do before they hit the road, and what they can do if they do.
Mark Wamshe is the director of weather information at the National Weather Service.
The Australian Capital Territory is suffering the effects of extreme heat, which is expected to rise to around 40C by Wednesday.
There are no major heatwaves expected in Australia, and the heatwave in the NT is the hottest in more than 25 years.
Mr Walshel has been following weather developments across the country.
“The worst is probably going to be around Christmas,” he said.
He said the weather could be expected to cool down over the coming weeks, but warned people against driving if it’s hot.
“[People] might need to make a plan to go on a trip in a hot car, because there’s going to a lot of traffic,” he explained.
Some of the heat is being caused by an El Nino phenomenon that is pushing the mercury up into the 30s.
Heatwave warnings in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales have been lifted, and many people are getting out of the house, but not everyone is doing so.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the heat was a huge concern.
People need to be very careful, particularly at Christmas time, she said.
“The heat is going to take its toll on us in the next few days, it’s going be a very challenging Christmas for Queensland and New Zealand,” she said on Monday.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the situation in the state was serious.
She said the state’s electricity supply was under extreme strain.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said there were some people who would take to the roads to escape the heat.
Ms Andrews said Victoria was seeing a rise in severe heatwaves in recent weeks.