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Australia Bushfire risk for SA as temps rise

21:52  12 april  2021
21:52  12 april  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Nine South Australian districts have severe bushfire warnings in place as a burst of warm and windy weather increases the fire risk.

a field of grass: Kangaroo Island is one of nine South Australian districts with a severe bushfire warning in place. © David Mariuz/AAP PHOTOS Kangaroo Island is one of nine South Australian districts with a severe bushfire warning in place.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the remnants of tropical cyclone Seroja will be captured by a cold front moving across the state from the west.

That could bring wind gusts of up to 90km/h for a brief period on Tuesday with raised dust also expected ahead of cooler weather from Wednesday.

The Country Fire Service says those districts most at risk of fires include the west coast, the Yorke and Eyre peninsulas, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the southeast, where total fire bans are in place.

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Temperatures will climb into the mid-30s in some regional centres while Adelaide is forecast to have a top of 26C.

The lack of rain in recent weeks has left Adelaide's reservoir supplies at 48 per cent of capacity, compared to 41 per cent at the same time last year.

The Kangaroo Creek and Little Para catchments are the driest at just 23 and 29 per cent.

SA may get some showers over the next few days, but forecasts are for no more than a few millimetres, well short of any significant break in the season.

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