Queensland bushfires trigger asthma as air quality gets worse than Mumbai's in parts of south-east
The air quality in parts of the south-east Queensland becomes worse than in Mumbai as bushfires rage across the state.State government data shows the air quality in Southport, South Brisbane and Woolloongabba is "very poor".
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With more than 150 homes destroyed and two lives lost in the NSW bushfires, authorities are warning that the worst is yet to come.
has revealed "unprecedented" fire risks with extremely volatile fires being fuelled by bone-dry conditions and strong gusts of winds.
The dangerous weather conditions that have caused uncontrollable fires around the state are only expected to worsen over coming days.
"We still have 78 fires burning across NSW. 44 of those are not yet contained. We have still got two of those fires at emergency warning alert level and we have another 15 at Watch and Act, which is indicative of just how dry and volatile the situation is right across these fire grounds," RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told 9News.
Port Macquarie residents prepare for worst
The smoke in Port Macquarie is so thick you can "easily taste it", says 15-year-old high school student Patrick Rudd.The 15-year-old's high school - Hastings Secondary College - was the last in the NSW mid-north coast town to close on Monday, reduced to minimal supervision as the state's bushfire crisis continued.
Communities on NSW ’s mid-north coast and the far north coast faced the worst of the conditions, which were described by authorities as Western Australians were also warned that significant bushfires were likely at the weekend as forecasters predicted the mercury would hit 40C on Saturday.
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The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned that winds are expected to pick up this afternoon, which could create further risk.
The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued severe weather warnings for multiple areas of NSW due to damaging winds.
NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has warned that communities around the state should brace themselves.
"What is concerning is that the forecast for Tuesday could mean we're not through the worst of it," she said.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliot issued a similar warning saying, "It was unprecedented for NSW to have so many fires burning at the emergency warning alert level, 17 concurrent fires were burning at the emergency alert level yesterday."
"Next week will be a bad week, there's not sugar coating that," he said.
A cauldron of extreme heat developing in WA is heading straight for the east coast bushfire zone
A build-up of intense heat that will see temperatures in WA soar into the mid 40s this weekend will be dragged across the country next week, right into areas where bushfires are raging. A build-up of intense heat that will see temperatures in WA soar into the mid 40s this weekend will be dragged across the country next week, right into parts of New South Wales and Queensland devastated by bushfires this week.The NSW and Queensland bushfires have already burnt through more than a million hectares of land, killing four people and destroying more than 300 homes.
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According to spokesperson from Weatherzone Graham Brittan, NSW should expect a major spike in temperatures on Tuesday as well as low humidity creating particularly dry conditions.
"We're looking at a very dry heat. There's not going to be very much moisture in the air at all and that has been caused by a low-pressure trough moving through the area," he told Nine.com.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid thirties in much of the state including costal areas and the central west.
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison addressed the nation commending emergency services and volunteers for their efforts but warning that communities should prepare for more bad news.
"These fires have already claimed two lives and we can expect to see worse as the day unfolds," he said.
The PM also warned that NSW is not the only state at a serious risk of worsening conditions.
"Emergency Management Australia convened a meeting chiefs of fire services and emergency service agencies from around the country and were expecting similar conditions in Western Australia over the next few of days. We currently have 31 out of the 37 districts in WA that are in the high fire rating and three of those will go to catastrophic in the days ahead."
"The rain conditions in the areas where fires are burning is going to present a real challenge in the weeks ahead that means these fires will burn for some time.
"The fire themselves will continue to present a risk for some weeks to come and that means with changing weather conditions, they could flare up in the future."
Scott Morrison has reassured communities across Australia that the government will provide all necessary support to communities in need of emergency assistance.
"The resources are being made available across the country," he said.
"The coordination and response is very swift," he added.
NSW and Queensland bushfires: What to expect tomorrow .
Tomorrow should bring a welcome relief from today's catastrophic fire conditions in NSW, according to forecasts. On Wednesday, Sydney and the coastal regions will be classified as "Very High", three categories down from today's "Catastrophic" rating. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.