‘Catastrophic’ Fire Warnings Issued in SE Australia amid Worsening Heatwave
Posted by feww on October 6, 2015
Bushfires breaking out in SE Australia as spring heatwave creates extreme conditions
Fire weather warnings have been issued for parts of the Australian states of Tasmania and Victoria as unusually high temperatures and strong winds threaten the country’s southeast, according to the Australian weather bureau.
Catastrophic fire conditions threaten Mallee, North Central, South West and Central districts, including the towns of Anglesea, Braeside and Tyabb in Victoria, said the weather bureau warning that winds of about 60 km/h with damaging gusts of 9up to 115 km/h would likely worsen the conditions.
In Tasmania, similar conditions threaten the Furneaux Islands, North East, East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East districts, said the bureau.
People have been warned to prepare for the extremes and review bushfire survival plans.
The bureau has also issued a separate “Severe Weather Warning” for damaging winds for people in the Furneaux Islands, North East, Western, East Coast and South East forecast districts.
“There are 24 bush, grass and scrub fires across the state (NSW), of which 10 remain uncontained,” a local fire official told reporters.
Unseasonably hot conditions are elevating the danger also in NSW, the ACT and Queensland.
Temperatures are forecast to soar up to 15ºC above normal for this time of the year in multiple areas.
Australian Bureau of Meteorology has forecast the following highs for eastern state capitals:
- Sydney 33ºC
- Melbourne 35ºC
- Hobart 30ºC
- Canberra 31ºC
- Brisbane 31ºC