Bushfire Danger Returns As Heatwaves, 100km Winds, Hit Around The Country
Severe fire danger is forecast for parts of NSW and the ACT today, with temperatures expected to soar into the 40s.
The Greater Hunter and Sydney region are expected to bear the brunt of the fire risk, with seven total fire bans currently in place across New South Wales.
Temperatures in the 40s and gusty winds will experience heightened fire danger in the Central Ranges, North Western areas, Greater Hunter, Illawarra and Greater Sydney region.
There are currently more than 60 fires burning across New South Wales, with a fire risk continuing despite recent rainfall.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for "vigorous" winds of up to 120 km/h for parts of NSW and the ACT.
The State Emergency Service is advising people to stay away from fallen power lines and move vehicles undercover in case branches and trees fall.
In WA, there is an elevated fire risk, with a severe weather warning issued for the Pilbara region and Gascoyne Coast.
WA's Department of Fire and Emergency Services warned: "If a fire starts it will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control."
Those who are not prepared to "the highest level" have been urged to evacuate as "spot fires will start and move quickly", according to DFES.
A Watch and Act alert is current for parts of Nannup in southern WA, with authorities warning there is a threat to 'homes and lives'.
In Brisbane, temperatures will remain in the 30s with afternoon showers forecast across the city.
A cold front is moving across South Australia, with BOM alerting coastal residents to take precautions against damaging winds of up to 100 km/h.
Victoria will also see some much-welcome rain on Thursday after intense fire conditions.
A cool change that swept across the state on Wednesday is hoped to provide relief after a week where golf ball-sized hail, flash flooding, and thunderstorms preceded a temperature rise that pushed the fire danger to severe levels.
Central and southern parts of the state are expected to receive between 25mm and 40mm of rain, while fire-ravaged areas may only receive falls of up to 10mm.
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