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Heatwave conditions will spread across northern Australia while the east coast can expect more thunderstorms and showers as the new year approaches.

Jonathan How, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology said showers should clear across most capital cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, in time for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, but were likely to linger in Brisbane throughout the evening fireworks.

How said severe thunderstorms were likely to develop across north-east New South Wales and south-east Queensland over Saturday and Sunday, potentially bringing more intense rainfall, damaging winds and large hail to areas already battered by days of storms.

“[The storms are] further north than the last few days,” How said. “Sydney [has a] very low risk of storms, and [we are] not expecting any storms in Victoria either.

“Given that many people will be out and about outdoors, camping as well, we’re really just trying to remind people to check the warnings and the forecast before making plans.”

Some showers and cool conditions are expected in Sydney on New Year’s Eve, but the rain should clear up by the midnight fireworks, How said, despite lingering cloud cover.

Brisbane is set to be the wettest capital city on Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms – potentially severe – are expected throughout the day, but should ease to light showers by…

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