Fire danger for several states as temperatures heat up
Strong winds and high temperatures are generating dangerous fire conditions in several states today as crews in South Australia work to keep a major grass fire at bay.
The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) is still working on the Blackford blaze which is now contained, however a current active Bushfire Advice message was issued last night.
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The fire has impacted the communities of Avenue Range, Blackford and Lucindale with several structures confirmed lost or substantially damaged.
Another day of high temperatures and gusty winds is generating severe fire danger warnings for areas of South Australia, as well as in WA and the ACT.
Troughs are generating showers and storms in the northern tropics, leading to flooding in north Queensland.
Other troughs are triggering patchy rain and storms over inland WA, western SA, Tasmania and inland NSW while maintaining heat over the interior.
Here's your state-by-state weather forecast for Wednesday January 13, 2021:
New South Wales and the ACT
Mostly sunny, cool-to-mild in the northeast. Fog then sunny, warm in the southeast. Windy on the Alps. Mostly sunny, hot in the southwest. Sunny, hot in the northwest.
Sydney will be mostly sunny with a low of 18C and a top of 29C. Light winds becoming NE 20 to 30 km/h in the early afternoon.
There is a strong wind warning for the llawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.
Very hot, dry and windy conditions will bring elevated fire dangers in parts of southern inland today.
The conditions have prompted a very high fire danger warning for the Southern Riverina today as well as a total fire ban with residents urged to stay vigilant throughout the day.
Conditions will be mostly sunny around the ACT with cool-to-mild temperatures in the northeast. Fog then sunny, warm in the southeast. Windy on the Alps. Mostly sunny, hot in the southwest. Sunny, hot in the northwest.
Mostly sunny and very warm-to-hot over south before late change with showers. Windy, hot in the northwest. Mostly sunny, hot in the northeast.
Melbourne is in for a warm and sunny day with temperatures set to reach 32C today.
Slight chance of a shower late this afternoon and evening.
Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the southeast. Showers/storms, very warm in the northeast. Showers/storms, very warm in the northwest. Sunny, hot in the southwest.
Brisbane will be partly cloudy with a low of 20C and a top of 29C. and a slight chance of a shower in the morning.
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Mostly sunny, warm-to-very warm in the southwest and south. Windy, hot in the northwest. Mostly sunny, hot in the northeast.
Sunny with a low of 16C and a maximum of 34C.
There is a strong wind warning for Perth Local Waters, Ningaloo Coast, Gascoyne Coast, Geraldton Coast, Lancelin Coast, Perth Coast, Bunbury Geographe Coast and Leeuwin Coast.
Very hot and dry conditions with a fresh to strong sea breeze developing along the Gascoyne and western Pilbara coasts has prompted a severe fire danger warning for several areas.
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Meanwhile a southeasterly wind surges through the South Interior and Goldfields.
The warning is currently for the West Pilbara Coast, Ashburton Inland, Gascoyne Inland, Goldfields and South Interior.
Mostly cloudy, warm-to-very warm in the southeast and central. Mostly cloudy, mild-to-warm in the west. Windy, hot in the north.
Partly cloudy in Adelaide with a top temperature of 28C today. Winds will strengthen later today becoming south westerly with speeds of up to 30 to 40 km/h in the early afternoon.
Warm about coastal parts, generally hot inland grading to very hot in the far north.
Remaining dry apart from the chance of a thunderstorm west of about Ceduna.
High temperatures and strong winds are forecast to produce severe fire danger for for the Flinders, Mid North and Riverland.
Mostly sunny, warm in the south. Mostly cloudy, cool-to-mild in the northwest. Late shower, mild in the northeast.
Mostly sunny day in Hobart. High chance of showers later tonight and daytime maximum temperatures 21C to 29C.
Showers/storms, very warm in the NW Top End. Showers/storms, mild-to-warm in Arnhem. Mostly sunny, very warm over the interior. Sunny, very warm-to-hot in the south.
Partly cloudy in Darwin with a low of 26C and a maximum of 33C. Medium chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm and light winds throughout the day.
- Reported with Weatherzone