Australia swelters through a VERY hot autumn day with temperatures to hit 36C

Australia is set to swelter through scorching heat before a cold front moves in, bringing a week of rain and gusty winds. 

Sydneysiders will get another taste of summer when the mercury rises to a scorching 36C on Monday. 

Sadly, temperatures will drop significantly overnight with a few 26C days ahead.

Forecasters are also predicting the Harbour City to be hit with a downpour for the rest of the week.

Melbourne will be a lot cooler thanks to a cold front that passed through the city on Sunday night.

Sydneysiders will get another taste of summer when the mercury rises to a scorching 36C on Monday

Sydneysiders will get another taste of summer when the mercury rises to a scorching 36C on Monday

Sunbathers can get their last taste of summer on Monday before temperatures begin to drop on Tuesday

Sunbathers can get their last taste of summer on Monday before temperatures begin to drop on Tuesday

Weatherzone meteorologist Hannah Wilson told Daily Mail Australia the cold front will push warm air through Sydney before the southerly change hits on Monday afternoon.

‘We’re getting the warm air mass that’s in front of the cool air mass,' she said.

'The southerly change is coming at around 3pm or 4pm, which is when temperatures should quickly drop and there's likely going to be a gusty cool change.'

She said the rain should hit Tuesday but Wednesday would likely be the wettest day of the week with 10 to 25mm of rain expected to fall.

There is also a chance of thunderstorms developing later in the week as light winds become northeasterly. 

Brisbane looks likely to sizzle through 33C heat on Monday. 

Temperatures are expected to remain high throughout the week, however, there's a 50 per cent chance of showers from Wednesday. 

Melbourians will need to keep their umbrellas close as the showers look set to stock around all week. 

Australia's sizzling summer might be coming to an end but the sweltering heat looks set to stick around a little longer (pictured: Sunbathers at Sydney's Bondi Beach)

Australia's sizzling summer might be coming to an end but the sweltering heat looks set to stick around a little longer (pictured: Sunbathers at Sydney's Bondi Beach)

Forecasters are predicting a warmer than average autumn this year, with temperatures likely to be above average for most of the country (pictured: Boys play on rocks at Sydney's Nielsen Park in haze produced by bushfires)

Forecasters are predicting a warmer than average autumn this year, with temperatures likely to be above average for most of the country (pictured: Boys play on rocks at Sydney's Nielsen Park in haze produced by bushfires)

Sydneysiders will get another taste of summer when the mercury rises to a scorching 36C on Monday

Sydneysiders will get another taste of summer when the mercury rises to a scorching 36C on Monday

Wednesday and Thursday will be the wettest of the week for the city as it begins to ease later in the week before clearing on Sunday. 

Light winds are expected to become south to southwesterly with gusts up to 15 to 25km/h on Friday morning. 

The temperature drop comes as Australia says goodbye to summer following recording breaking heat.  

New South Wales was 'exceptionally dry' over the 2019/2020 summer, Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Dr Andrew Watkins said, with temperatures 2C higher than average. 

And that trend looks set to continue over the next three months with a warmer than average autumn predicted for the state.

'It will be still staying quite warm for NSW. Some of the southern parts might be easing back to normal temperatures but generally a warmer than average autumn. 

'We are looking at above average rainfall in March to start off autumn but we are looking at that easing off to more neutral patterns over the remaining months of the season.' 

Victoria had a warmer than average summer, recording its third driest December on record.  

The three month-period was also the second warmest on record for Queensland. The

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