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Australia Severe storms across Queensland could ignite more bushfires, Bureau of Meteorology warns

02:15  16 november  2019
02:15  16 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Hot winds to whip up Qld fire danger

  Hot winds to whip up Qld fire danger The weather bureau warns conditions will continue to deteriorate in Queensland as extremely hot air is pushed across the state on Friday and into the weekend. "The story is one of very high fire dangers or severe fire danger ratings for the next three days," BOM forecaster Richard Wardell told AAP.Pictures: Bushfires rage across NSW Severe isolated storms cells have also been forecast to potentially bring dry lightning which could ignite more bushfires.Coastal areas can also expect a low-intensity heatwave.

The massive bushfires raging across Australia are expected to flare up again as temperatures rise in coming days. Queensland authorities said they were expecting new fires to break out next week with higher Walking around, I could still feel the heat from the scorched ground. Some tree trunks still

Video: Bushfire on Queensland 's Sunshine Coast escalated to emergency level (ABC News). There is a severe fire danger in those areas, and pockets of possible extreme conditions have been foreshadowed for the far east of the Darling Downs and western Lockyer Valley.

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Storms forecast for large areas of Queensland today may do more harm than good as firefighters enter their second week of the bushfire crisis.

Severe storms across Queensland could ignite more bushfires, Bureau of Meteorology warns

  Severe storms across Queensland could ignite more bushfires, Bureau of Meteorology warns November 16, 2019. Properties destroyed by fire near Colo Heights, north west of Sydney on November 15. The Gospers Mountain fire has been downgraded from Emergency Warning level to Watch and Act as fire activity has eased around Colo Heights.The north of NSW will experience severe fire danger over the weekend amid hot, dry and windy weather. (AAP Video/Dan Himbrechts)

“In that one bushfire event, there were so many people affected and it has had huge negative The study found that the November temperatures in the Queensland region affected by the fire were The study co-authors included scientists from the Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Melbourne.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned conditions will continue to deteriorate as extremely hot air is pushed across the state on Friday and into the weekend. "The story is one of very high fire dangers or severe fire danger ratings for the next three days," BOM forecaster Richard Wardell told AAP.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Sam Campbell said a band of storms would reach from the Gulf of Carpentaria, through the northern interior, Roma, and across to Bundaberg and south to Brisbane.

There is a chance some will become severe in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Maryborough, with possible large hail and damaging winds.

"Not a lot of rainfall is expected, but they could produce a lot of lightning," he said.

"So there is an increased threat from those storms, which could act as ignition points for fires."

Firefighters are seen near fires at Lake Cooroibah Road and Jirrimah Crescent in Cooroibah in Noosa Shire, Queensland. © AAP Image/Rob Maccoll Firefighters are seen near fires at Lake Cooroibah Road and Jirrimah Crescent in Cooroibah in Noosa Shire, Queensland. The fire danger rating is severe for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, and very high for the south-east coast, Wide Bay and Burnett, Central Highlands and Coalfields, the Northern Goldfields, Gulf Country and the Peninsula.

Queensland bushfires trigger asthma as air quality gets worse than Mumbai's in parts of south-east

  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".

Queensland firefighters are facing another day of severe fire conditions as dry westerly winds bring heatwave conditions to the state. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned conditions will continue to deteriorate as extremely hot air is pushed across the state on Friday and into the weekend.

The country’s weather bureau warned that winds and lightning strikes increase the threat to “A fresh burst of hot, dry westerly winds will result in severe fire dangers in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt,” the Bureau of Meteorology flagged for the border region between the states of Queensland

Mr Campbell said the forecast threat for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt for Sunday had increased from severe to extreme after a trough across the interior moved further east than initially anticipated, reaching to Toowoomba and Gatton.

"It will be much drier through, that area now, than we expected," he said.

"With slightly increased winds, it will be a little bit stronger than forecast."

Tomorrow, severe storms are again on the cards for the same towns and cities as today, but the Gold Coast will also be in the firing line.

The storms could also bring lightning with little rain, again increasing the chances of more fires starting, Mr Campbell said.

There are more than 50 fires burning across Queensland, with eight current Watch and Act warnings, amid high temperatures and hot, dry westerly winds that will continue across the weekend.

Temperatures could soar from the mid to high 30s at major fire grounds.

Of most concern is the blaze at Pechey, north of Toowoomba, which has been burning for several days and flared again yesterday forcing an evacuation.

The Woodgate fire has also been threatening a number of communities.

Fears lightning may spark more NSW fires .
Severe thunderstorms hitting parts of NSW have firefighters on edge, as they fear lightning strikes may spark more bushfires, with 80 blazes still burning."Not exactly what we wanted to see," the NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted after the state was hit by a number of storms on Monday evening.

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