If you thought last week's low-intensity heatwave was hot, think again.
Canberra is set to experience a "severe heatwave" for the next three days, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with Tuesday to be the warmest at 38 degrees.
The bureau predicts an extensive area of severe heatwave conditions, extending from western Queensland down to NSW, with locally extreme conditions over northeastern NSW.
There are also patchy low-intensity heatwave conditions across northern Australia.
Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said the hot weather conditions would being on Monday, which is forecasted to be a partly cloudy day with a top of 35 degrees, and follow through to Tuesday for a hot and mostly sunny day with a top of 38 degrees and 18 for the minimum.
"There's going to be some really, really hot days this week, so specifically Monday and Tuesday," Ms Westcott said.
"We're looking at partly cloudy conditions and this is due to a low-pressure trough in the east as well as another one coming from the west."
She said by Tuesday afternoon temperatures would drop and on Wednesday it was predicted to be 31 degrees with an afternoon shower, followed by 27 degrees on Thursday.
"Over the next few days Canberra could see some storms bring a little bit of rain here and there but probably nothing more than five millimetres at any given day."
On Sunday Canberrans were already searching for cool relief with temperatures reaching 31 degrees, many flocking to Canberra Olympic Pool and other locations for an escape.
By the end of the week temperatures would be in their low 30s.
Ms Westcott said the territory had exceeded its monthly rainfall average for December. It recorded 76.8 millimetres. The average is 56.
But, enjoy the hot weather while it last, Ms Westcott said the outlook for Christmas day was cloudy with possible showers and southerly winds. She said the day would start with 12 degrees in the morning and go up to 24 for the day.
Places to escape the heat in Canberra this summer:
- Cotter Bend, where the Cotter River meets Paddys River
- Casuarina Sands, popular swimming hole for families
- Pine Island, located near Tuggeranong town centre
- Uriarra Crossing, canine-friendly spot
- Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing
- Dickson Aquatic Centre
- Canberra Olympic Pool
- The movies
- Shopping centres