'Stay Indoors' - Warnings Ahead Of Gale Force Winds Across SA
Emergency services have issued warnings ahead of expected high winds and possible dust storms for parts of South Australia today.
Temperatures are expected to hit the 30s right across the state - that's 10 to 15 degrees above average - but if you're hoping for a taste of summer you're in for a shock.
Hot, northerly winds are forecast for most of the state, with a severe weather warning issued for 13 districts, including Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges.
The strong winds will likely pick up dust from South Australia's far north and carry it across to other areas, creating potentially very dangerous conditions on the road. Police are warning all road users to be extra cautious.
"When you can't see when you're driving a motor vehicle it's dangerous, and that's exacerbated by people that do excessive speed in those conditions," said Superintendent Bob Gray from South Australia Police on Wednesday.
"So please pull off the road if necessary, find somewhere safe, get off the roadway."
Just last month, two trucks collided head-on near Truro on the Sturt Highway, 80 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, during an intense dust storm. Both drivers were killed in the fiery crash.
The damaging winds will peak around lunchtime and could average around 70 km/h, with gusts of up to 100 km/h.
SA Health has also issued warnings, especially for those who suffer respiratory conditions.
"We're recommending to people to really try and stay out of the dust. So that's staying inside the house with the windows closed as much as possible," Dr Nicola Spurrier said.
"Particularly these vulnerable groups, so people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiac disease."
The CFS has also warned against any Spring burn-offs because of the dangerous combination of high winds and dry, warm temperatures.
If you have any extreme weather photos from across SA today, you can share them to the 10 News First Adelaide Weather Watchers group on Facebook.
Updates to come.
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