By Tita Smith For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 07:19 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 07:19 BST, 2 September 2019
A blazing 'heat spike' is set to hit cities along Australia's east coast during the first month of spring .
Weather forecasters are predicting temperatures to climb in Sydney and Brisbane this week as the entire country steers towards an unseasonably warm spring.
Brisbane can expect maximums to climb above 30C later this week, nine degrees above average.
While Sydney's CBD is forecast to reach a high of 24C, some parts of the city will top 30C, with Penrith rising to 29C on Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects spring to be warmer and drier than usual as a low pressure system drags the warm weather down from north and central Australia, heating up as it edges towards the eastern states.
And with the rising temperatures comes the threat of bushfires - particularly over the next fortnight.
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