At least two homes destroyed by bushfire in northern NSW
Two homes have reportedly been destroyed and a resident is being treated for burns from a bushfire near Walcha in northern New South Wales. Extreme and severe fire danger have been forecast for parts of the state with total fire bans in place for five regions. A brief cool change will drop fire weather warnings this weekend but authorities have urged another spike in conditions is forecast early next week.Meanwhile, scorching temperatures and an increased fire danger has been creating challenging conditions for firefighters in Queensland.
Temperatures in inland south-eastern Australia are set to climb into the low 40s on Thursday and Friday as a In WA that heightened fire risk hit on Tuesday, with a catastrophic fire danger rating declared for parts The temperature in Adelaide is expected to climb to 38 C on Wednesday, dipping
Western Australia is facing another 'mixed picture' as far as the weather is concerned on Saturday - with the Pilbara threatened by a possible cyclone while Perth swelters in 38 degrees with an extreme UV warning . At the same time an extreme fire danger warning has been issued for the Exmouth
Fire authorities will be on high alert over the weekend as scorching temperatures and gusty winds create dangerous fire conditions in the southern half of Western Australia, including Perth.
The temperature will soar to the high 30s in Perth on Saturday and east-to-north-easterly winds are expected to reach up to 40 kilometres per hour, prompting a severe fire danger warning.
"It's that combination of the high temperatures and the strong winds which mean that the fire danger rating for the Perth area for Saturday is going to be severe," Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennett said.
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"We do have a cool change moving through on Sunday, so we should see those fire danger ratings ease right off.
"But certainly Saturday the high temperatures and strong wind mean that fire weather conditions are going to be quite bad."
The Bureau of Meteorology's six fire danger ratings in order of severity from highest to lowest are:
- very high
"One of the things we're trying to avoid is fires starting because once the fire danger ratings get up into the severe or the extreme range, they become very difficult to fight and what we want to avoid is fires starting in that environment," Mr Bennett said.
The hot and windy conditions will travel east on Sunday, but then a cool change will sweep over Perth, with the maximum expected to drop by up to 14 degrees.
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Polar air set to blast south eastern Australia while desert winds scorch east coast. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning on Wednesday for damaging winds For Grafton, in northern NSW, that means a six day run of 30C+ temperatures with a blistering high of 38 C on Friday.
This fire comes after DFES issued a catastrophic fire warning on Tuesday morning for inland parts of the Temperatures in inland and southern WA are soaring. Norseman has hit 42C while Kalgoorlie A bushfire near Mt Solus in the Perth Hills, which was sparked by lightning over the weekend , is
However, the fire danger will still be present in many areas.
"For Sunday, as we go to the eastern part of the Wheatbelt, we'll be looking at many parts having severe-weather fire conditions, while extreme fire conditions can be expected through the Goldfields," Mr Bennett said.
"So it is really important that people are aware that we're going to have these hot and windy conditions for the weekend and just be careful when they're out and about."
The heat will be generated by a high-pressure system in the bight that will direct warm easterly winds over western parts of the state and a trough that will form along the west coast.
"We'll see easterly winds pushing onto the west coast and then eventually swinging out of the north-east and as they swing out of the north-east, those winds are coming from very hot areas," Mr Bennett said.
"That hot air gets dragged down towards Perth and then we have this low-pressure trough developing off the west coast and we get what we describe as a 'squeeze', where there's a lot of isobars in between that high-pressure system and the low-pressure trough, giving us those north-easterlies.
Qld fire threat to worsen by weekend
The fire threat is expected to ease across Queensland on Thursday before conditions worsen heading into the weekend, the weather bureau says.Firefighters will make the most of a brief weather reprieve to strengthen containment lines as Queensland braces for worsening conditions.
With Perth and surrounds enduring 35C days, an emergency warning has been issued for an out of control bushfire Meanwhile spot fires are starting up to 150 metres ahead of the fire and flames are about six metres high, PerthNow reported. Perth is set to reach highs of 35C until at least Wednesday.
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"It's that combination and the very dry air that leads to severe fire weather conditions."
As the trough starts to move inland, it will allow onshore winds to cool the west coast on Sunday.
"The trough of low pressure, the west coast trough, will move inland during the course of Saturday afternoon, allowing the westerly and south-westerly winds to bring cooler air in," he said..
"We'll also have a very weak cold front moving up during the latter part of Sunday and into Monday, that could introduce a possible shower or two on Monday, but then the front goes through and we start to see a warming trend as we go into the middle of next week."
Perth weather forecast
- Thursday: sunny, 14-30
- Friday: sunny, 15-35
- Saturday: very hot, partly cloudy, 23-38
- Sunday: partly cloudy, 16-24
- Monday: possible shower, 14-21
- Tuesday: mostly sunny, 10-23
- Wednesday: sunny, 11-26
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Thousands of students travelling through fire-affected Queensland and NSW for schoolies have been warned to take extra precautions as they prepare for end-of-school celebrations beginning tomorrow. Based on last year's predictions, more than 25,000 students are expected to flock to the Gold Coast while thousands more will travel to other coastal communities to celebrate the end of high school.Queensland Fire Emergency Services are strongly encouraging young people to pay close attention to any warnings or updates on the Queensland fires and follow the advice of authorities.