Severe Weather Update: fire danger weather for SA, Vic, NSW 9 Jan 2020

Severe Weather Update: fire danger weather for SA, Vic, NSW 9 Jan 2020

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Hello from the Bureau. While there has been a few days of much needed
relief from the heat and dangerous fire weather, communities and the south and east of the
country should once again be preparing for some challenging fire weather conditions,
however thankfully, we are not expecting to see the same level of conditions that we saw
last week in the east. In South Australia today, hot temperatures
and gusty northerly winds are leading to severe fire dangers across the southern agricultural
areas, including Kangaroo Island. The situation is quite complex with two changes
in wind direction expected this evening and overnight. The overnight period poses real concern for
any going fires, with a strong and gusty west to southwesterly winds persisting. It’s also not until early Friday that we see
humidity begin to increase and rainfall develop. The heaviest falls are expected in the west
of the state, with 5-10mm possible about the southern coast and ranges but less than 5mm
elsewhere. For Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT,
fire dangers are expected to peak on Friday; reaching severe in some districts, and even
extreme in Victoria’s Northern Country. Along the NSW coast, easterly winds should
keep temperature and fire dangers lower compared to last weekend. These ratings will be updated again later
today so be sure to check back in for any changes. Now, normally we would expect to see the peak
fire dangers occur in the hot conditions ahead of the change, but the southwesterly winds
behind this front are strong and gusty with gusts of at least 80 km/h possible, and the
arrival of the cooler air and showers isn’t expected until a few hours after the change
has moved through, so it’s possible that we will see the peak in fire conditions occur
behind the change on Friday. And while there will be some showers or rain
areas for Victoria behind the change, the most we expect to see is up to 15mm on and
south of the ranges, further north totals of less than 5 mm are more likely and for
New South Wales, while there may be some showers about the southern districts, no significant
falls are expected. Some good news is that across the weekend,
we expect much more settled and humid conditions, so just another day to get through before
some relief. Stay in touch with the forecasts and warnings
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