Severe Weather Update: dangerous fire conditions across southern Australia, 19 November 2019

Severe Weather Update: dangerous fire conditions across southern Australia, 19 November 2019


Hello from the Bureau with an update on
the dangerous fire conditions across southern Australia. Catastrophic Fire
Dangers are forecast across several districts across Western Australia and
South Australia including the highly populated area of the Mount Lofty Ranges,
while a total fire ban has been issued across South Australia into northwest
Victoria. This is being created by a very hot air mass that’s been building over
northern WA and tomorrow that’s expected to be dragged down into South
Australia where we’ll see widespread maximum temperatures in the mid 40s,
including 48 degrees at Oak Valley and 42 degrees at Adelaide. Records are
likely to be broken with temperatures peaking up to 18 degrees above the
November average. These very high temperatures, combined with strong winds
and a dry landscape due to months of ongoing rainfall deficiencies, are
helping create extremely dangerous conditions. The last time South Australia
saw such dangerous fire weather was back in 2015 during the Pinery fires. A cold
front and a southwesterly wind change is forecast to move eastwards across South
Australia on Wednesday into Thursday creating particularly dangerous fire
behaviour with the wind change. For those of you within the affected areas have
your bushfire plan ready and stay up to date with the latest forecasts, warnings
and advice from your local emergency services.

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