14 October 2007

SE Australia fire weather: 15 Oct 2007

Large portions of SE Australia are expected to see dangerous fire weather conditions tomorrow.

Conditions tomorrow are forecast to be hot and windy across much of the area. A approaching frontal system is expected to bring temperature in the upper-20s and low-30s, with strong, gusty NW winds. A change to a cooler SW winds is expected in the evening. This situation is reminiscent of the classic fire weather synoptic pattern across this region.

'High' to 'Very High' dangers are expected over much of the region, and fire bans in some areas. As of 2200 Sunday night (14th), Fire weather warnings have been issued in

  • South Australia: Eastern Eyre Peninsula, West Coast

  • New South Wales: Northern Riverina, Southern Riverina, South West

In Victoria, no official fire weather warnings have been issued, but the Bureau did issue a “non-routine” outlook for fire weather due to expected conditions. At Melbourne AP, fire danger is forecast to briefly touch 'extreme'.

The most extreme weather looks to be focused on the regions near the Murray River in both NSW and VIC, and on the Eyre Peninsula in SA, although the potential for bushfires with dangerous fire behaviour exists across most of the southeast portion of the country.

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