Ok this is worthy of discussion and not the type of news we wanted for the bushfires!. Yes we have to be very careful this far off with models chopping and changing but take a look at the predicted temperatures at 5pm on the 5th January 2020! At first my mind was centred on the inland! Then I took a look a the coast near Sydney. Am I seeing correctly with the pink shading? 48 to 49C in Sydney region.
Yes I know this is a gossip horse and it will take the intensification of the baking inland trough and timing as well as positioning for western Sydney to achieve this as a record smashing event! AGAIN approach with caution as this is way out on EC 15 Day models. But still a point in discussion.
GFS is also showing 40C temperatures at 11am for the same day! For the US counterparts - 48C - 118.4 49C - 120.2
Please note there is a dangerous fire period likely and consistent with all models between December 27th to December 31st 2019. But if this verifies this should obviously be labelled catastrophic fire danger level!