Firefighters Brace For Horror Tuesday As Temps Set To Soar
Firefighters used briefly cooler temperatures over the weekend to prepare for the hot and windy forecast this week.
Ash that washed up on a Sydney beach and lingering smoke this weekend were reminders that the bushfire battle is far from over.
“We are expecting a return to another hot day, particularly Tuesday,” NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said on Sunday.
"We’re expecting to see temperatures climb into the high 30s or early 40s right across parts of NSW, so a lot of work ahead over the coming days, particularly in anticipation of what’s expected.”
On Monday morning there were three fires in NSW burning at watch and act level and the remainder at advice level. On Sunday evening, there was 91 fires burning across NSW, with 48 uncontained.
Very high fire danger warnings are in place for parts of NSW including the Northern Slopes and the Illawarra/Shoalhaven areas.
Smoke haze will roll into Sydney late on Monday afternoon and is forecast to set in on Tuesday. A poor air quality alert has been issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for Monday.
Winds will pick up on Tuesday morning and temperatures across the state will climb to 40 degrees in some parts.
A fire danger rating will remain very high for large parts of Queensland on Monday but ease again into the week.
The state's Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders area will feel the worst of conditions that have fuelled fires for months on end, with the Bureau of Meteorology's rating there set at severe.
Conditions did ease over Sunday, meaning a number of fires that caused chaos late in the week were brought under control and scaled back.
A watch and act warning was in place for a bushfire burning in the Burrum Coast National Park late on Sunday, while fires at Mount Stanley, Redbank Creek, Patrick Estate on the edge of Lake Wivenhoe and Cypress Gardens carried an advice alert.
Fire danger ratings across the state will ease further on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing a little relief for exhausted fire crews.
A total fire ban is in place on Monday for Victoria's north and northwest regions with temperatures forecast to reach the low 40s in some towns.
Mildura will likely top the list at 43 degrees, with Swan Hill following closely with a 42 degrees forecast.
Scorching temperatures and strong winds have prompted the ban on the Mallee, Wimmera and Northern Country regions.
Scorching and windy conditions forecast will see gusts of up to 70km/h.
Very high fire danger ratings have been declared across almost all the rest of the state. The southwest region is expected to face milder temperatures with a high fire danger rating declared.
Melbourne won't be as windy as the northern regions but the city is still set to hit 39 degrees.
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